Summer Emeralds

Summer Emeralds By Tom Schroeder Photos courtesy of Tom Schroeder. Visiting your flowers this summer are the green gems of the native bee world, the Metallic Green Sweat Bees. These harmless, quarter to half inch, bees live out their entire lives in your yard and need your help to survive. They will provide not only pollinating services but beauty and

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HOSTA

Hosta–still king of shade plants and 
easy for every gardener to grow Why Hostas Hostas continue to reign as the king of shade plants. In fact, they remain the top selling perennial in the country, surpassing the ever-popular daylily by a factor of two in sales volume. Hostas tolerate shade where many plants do not. But why are hostas so

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KENTUCKY WISTERIA

Kentucky Wisteria merits space in midwest gardens Wisteria is a genus that can be divisive in the plant world. Their unmistakable blooms can transport you to another land, filled with afternoon tea and romantic whimsy. In the wrong location, wisteria’s long, rambling vines will transport you to the Little Shop of Horrors. Wisteria is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae).

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Parade of Top Ten Newcomers

Annuals to covet and grow Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact Tropical Rose’ Can you believe ‘SunPatiens’ are celebrating their 10 year anniversary? Ten years of rollicking good fun, phenomenal new introductions, and, in effect, turning the impatiens world on its ear from Day 1. New for 2017 is ‘SunPatiens Compact Tropical Rose’, the first of the compact ‘SunPatiens’ to offer variegated yellow/green

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Wildflower of the Year

Plains coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) is the Kansas Native Plant Society 2017 Wildflower of the Year (WOY). Plains coreopsis is 2 to 4 feet tall with many yellow and reddish brown terminal flowers blooming June through September. Leaves are divided, narrowly linear and oppositely arranged on the stem. This species is found in damp disturbed areas, roadside ditches and low, sandy

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Roses that perform

Judy Penner, local expert rosarian, provides list of roses that perform well in our area and are available locally. Tahitian Sunset, an apricot blend Hybrid Tea Memorial Day, a medium pink Hybrid Tea Livin’ Easy, an orange blend Floribunda Day Breaker, an apricot blend Floribunda Elina, a light yellow Hybrid Tea Gold Medal, a medium yellow Hybrid Tea Strike It Rich, a yellow blend Grandiflora Double Delight,

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Prairie Star recommended flowers

Hummingbirds will like new list of recommended flowers as much as humans Prairie Star Flower list reveals latest recommended flowers for Kansas By Mary Lou Peter After years of sometimes-harsh tests, the winners have emerged: Kansas State University has unveiled its latest list of recommended annual flowers, including a sweet treat for hummingbirds and a vine that sports purple foliage with

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All-America Selections 2017 Flower Winners

All-America Selections, the only non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance throughout North America, presents 11 exciting new AAS Winners for the 2017 garden season. We’re featuring the flowers this month, the vegetables in the March issue. Each of the following varieties was trialed in North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges during one growing season. Each

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