Plant Particulars

Perennial plants bring color and structure to our garden year after year. After several years of maturity you may notice that some perennials start to thin out in the middle or produce fewer or smaller blooms. This is a sign that these perennials need to be divided. Division stimulates growth […]

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Summer has ended, and our plants have grown and changed throughout the season. The start of fall is a great time to evaluate your green spaces for what you enjoyed seeing and what didn’t quite live up to your vision. One way to keep track of your thoughts is a […]

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Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica) are a common annoyance for Iowa gardeners in June, July, and August. As a pest of nearly 300 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers (as well as fruits, vegetables, and turf), it is difficult to garden without being impacted. The Japanese Beetle population starts to thin […]

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There are few things more delightful then a handful of homegrown berries after an afternoon of working in the garden. There are several berries to choose from, with the main considerations being reliable winter hardiness and season of fruiting. Strawberries Strawberry plants consist of mother plants that produce fruit and […]

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Every year the Trial Garden here at Reiman Gardens showcases new annuals chosen by the All-American Selections team. This year Proven Winners is providing plants for us to trial as well.  All-American Selections (AAS) is non-profit organization that promotes new cultivars that have superior garden performance. Our trials help them […]

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Most gardeners know you are not supposed to remove bulb foliage until it becomes limp and starts to brown. This period is thought of as unsightly, but necessary to see the beautiful blooms next year. However, this time is the perfect opportunity to divide or relocate your bulbs. Once foliage […]

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Mulching is a garden task that beautifies your gardens while making them easier to maintain. Mulch keeps weed seeds from sprouting and holds moisture in the soil to reduce the number of times you need to water. Generally a layer of mulch should be ~2” deep to be effective, but […]

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St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant peas and potatoes in Ireland. Of course, weather is a large part of determining when to plant outdoors – and Ireland is almost 10°F warmer than us in mid-March – but that doesn’t mean that doesn’t mean this tradition is off […]

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One of the first signs of spring is the swelling and maturing of buds on trees and shrubs, but even in February there are several plants with attractive buds. Buds are formed during the growing season and go dormant in winter. The bud that forms at the end of a […]

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Most people are aware that de-icing salt products can damage and corrode automobiles, but plants near sidewalks, driveways, and roads are also at risk for damage. Leaf discoloration, premature leaf drop, and even twig dieback can occur when a plant is exposed to too much salt. Salts are applied before […]

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