Plant Particulars

Iris are spring blooming perennials with sword-like foliage that bloom in a wide variety of colors. The most common species of Iris in Iowa are the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica or hybrids), the Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica), and the Japanese Iris (Iris ensata). All three of these species grow from […]

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The Rock Garden is a common gardening style in the mountainous regions of the world. This style favors a wide variety of low-growing plants growing between boulders, gravel, and natural stone. The plants used commonly have low water needs or are native plants. While not a common style of garden […]

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This year at Reiman Gardens, we are celebrating all the different aspects of water, from color, to movement, and plants that survive in water! Water plants can be separated into three different categories: shoreline plants, floating plants, and submerged plants. Shoreline plants need to be in shallow water – less […]

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May is considered the ideal time to plant containerized trees and shrubs in Iowa. Select an appropriate location for the plant. Look up how tall and wide the plant gets before you plant it. If planted too close together, or too close to a structure, they will look overgrown. Find […]

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The growing season is upon us at last! This month, new growth starts to appear in earnest and many of our favorite bulbs flower and fade. As exciting as this is, it also means that there is a lot of work to do to prepare for the rest of the […]

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The months of March and April are often difficult for gardeners, who wait patiently all winter for the chance to start planting outdoors. It has been especially difficult this year with the unseasonably warm winter. One way to scratch the gardening itch is to prepare your houseplants for the coming […]

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Every year, the Trial and Display Garden at Reiman Gardens evaluates new plants for All-American Selections (AAS), a nationally recognized non-profit organization. AAS has been operating since 1933 with the mission of promoting new plant cultivars that have superior garden performance. AAS has announced 12 national winners for the year […]

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As the winter season marches on, it is always a treat to see bright colors out in our gardens. While some of that color comes from plants with winter interest, more can come from the wildlife that visits. Birds, particularly cardinals, cedar waxwings, and jays show up beautifully against a […]

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The growing season is not the only time you can enjoy your garden! This winter as you plan on what to add to your garden, keep these tips in mind to introduce winter interest to your garden to allow it to be enjoyed even on the coldest days! Select something […]

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There are many tropical plants like elephant ear, caladium, cannas and dahlias that can be overwintered with just a little planning and effort allowing you to grow these wonderful, colorful tropical plants in your Iowa garden year after year while stretching your gardening dollar in the process! To overwinter tropical […]

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