Plant Particulars

A fall application of fertilizer can help your lawn survive the winter and thrive in the following spring and summer. To decide which kind of fertilizer to use, it is important to understand the formulation. The formula is represented by three numbers – for instance 20-15-10. The first number represents […]

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The weather this year has been strange to say the least, but temperatures will drop –albeit fitfully – this season, so it’s time to start getting ready to bring plants inside. The general rule has always been to bring plants in at night when nighttime temperatures drop to 45° F, […]

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While summer is still in full swing, and gardeners are looking forward to fall color and cooler temperatures, it is time to look even further ahead to spring! Tulips (Tulipa), Daffodils (Narcissus), Hyacinth (Hyacinthus), Crocus (Crocus), and Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) are fall planted bulbs and should be ordered soon to […]

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This year at Reiman Gardens our theme is ‘Movement’ and the Children’s Garden is exploring the movement of plants through heliotropism. Heliotropism is the motion of plant parts in response to the sun. Heliotropic plants slowly track the motion of the sun across the sky during the day, and then […]

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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. This year the Trial Garden will have nasturtium (Topaeolum […]

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Every spring we wait eagerly for our spring bulbs to put on a dazzling show, but once the blooms have faded and fallen, we are left with yellowing foliage. Many gardeners are tempted to cut off the foliage, but this removes the bulbs source of food and makes them less […]

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Early spring Iowa’s woodlands come to life with patches of color as our native wildflowers start to bloom. The first flowers of spring are often called ephemerals, which means “short-lived”, a nod to the short bloom time these plants experience. Ask about these plants at your local nursery, but never […]

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March is the month of the vernal equinox, which marks the start of spring! During this mouth, color starts to return to our gardens in the form of flowers and foliage. Listed below are a few spring blooming plants you can find at Reiman Gardens. Winter Aconite – Eranthis hyemalis […]

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While seeds may be started and early bulbs may be around the corner, having cut flowers around the house provides a welcome burst of garden color in the winter. There are several ways to prolong the vase life of cut flowers. Sanitize your vase – Bacteria can build up in […]

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As the winter season marches on and the snow starts to fall, we typically start to see snow gathering on top of shrubs and trees and weighing down branches. This can create a beautiful winter vista, but can also cause concerns about branching snapping. Thankfully, branches are very flexible and […]

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