Plant Particulars

containers

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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Tomato-‘Patio-Choice-Yellow-F1’

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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Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl' 2

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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Juniperus chinensis 'Sea Green'_0231

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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elephant's ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito')

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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cinnamon

This time of year we start to see pumpkin spice everything – lattes, cookies, cakes, the list goes on and on. Apart from the pumpkins themselves, many of us are not very familiar with the plants that make up the spice blend that has become so synonymous with everything autumn. […]

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Baptisia australis_2027

Globally this summer is about to go on record as the hottest in recorded history, and Iowa has been no exception this year. Heat and humidity can be as stressful on plants as below zero temps, and if you struggled with plants that could not hold up to the stress, […]

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The middle of the summer in the vegetable garden has a lot of harvesting, weeding, and watering. Gardeners can also do planting! Some of the cool-season crops like lettuce, peas, and broccoli can be planted in mid-summer for a fall harvest to fill the holes left in the garden by […]

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mulch final

Most gardeners have heard many times over the years the benefits of adding organic mulch to the garden. The heat of the summer reminds us of the importance of mulch for moisture retention in the soil and tempering fluctuating soil temperatures. This additional organic layer can help suppress weeds as […]

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Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva' 4

The woody shrubs in our gardens help add structure, height, and create a backdrop for the colorful perennials in the garden. These staples don’t always play a supporting role in the landscape. While many woody trees and shrubs bloom in the spring, there are several great selections for Iowa that […]

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