Plant Particulars

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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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 so far for […]

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While the season is almost over, there is more work to do in the garden in November! Completing these tasks now will give you a head start on the work to be done in spring. Many herbaceous plants can be cut back to the ground once their foliage turns brown. […]

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Halloween will be here soon, and the shops are overflowing with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. These beautiful cucurbits have a variety of uses, from the main ingredient of baked goods and soups, to décor on our porches. Edible Pumpkins: Pie pumpkins are usually small, between 4-8” tall, with […]

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It may seem strange to think about overwintering annuals, but many plants that are called annuals are actually perennials that are not hardy in Iowa’s zone 5.  This list includes some very popular ‘annual’ plants such as petunias, coleus, sweet potato vines, zonal geraniums, and impatiens. There are two main […]

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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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