Black-eyed Susan Vine, Thunbergia alata

Need to cover a trellis with color for the summer? Black-eyed Susan vine is a good choice if you want lots of showy flowers in the yellow and orange range. Thunbergia alata is actually a tender perennial that grows fast enough to be used as an annual in cooler climates. To learn more about this African native, read this article…

Create a Butterfly Garden

Colorful butterflies can add a lot to a garden. With just a little extra planning and proper plant selection you can encourage these pretty creatures to visit, and maybe even get caterpillars to grow in your yard. Learn how to create a butterfly garden that will be attractive to many different types of butterflies in this article…

Pink Rain Lily, Zephyranthes grandiflora

If you want to grow something a little different, with grassy foliage and relatively large flowers, consider pink rain lily. This tender bulb gets its common name from the color of the flowers that burst into bloom after a good rain. Easy to grow in containers, it makes a good summer patio plant or a year-round houseplant. Learn more in this article…

Impatiens Downy Mildew

Jenna Lind, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  6/24/2013 Item number:  XHT1223 What is impatiens downy mildew?  Impatiens downy mildew is a disease that has become a serious threat wherever impatiens are grown.  The disease has recently become a serious issue in the United States, including Wisconsin.  Impatiens downy mildew has been so destructive in many areas […]

Plants Not Favored by Deer

If deer visit your property, you’ve likely already experienced the frustration of having landscape plants destroyed overnight. Before planting (or replanting), check out this list of trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs, and grasses that deer tend to avoid.

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

Susan Mahr, UW Horticulture Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  XHT1163 What are ornamental cabbage and kale?  Ornamental cabbage and kale (also known as “flowering” cabbage and kale) are in the same species (Brassica oleracea) as edible cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.  While ornamental cabbage and kale are edible, they tend to have a bitter flavor and are […]

Forcing Bulbs

Ann Joy and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  3/9/2012 Item number:  XHT1144 Wisconsin gardeners do not have to give up growing flowers during the long winter months.  Many plants grown from bulbs (also those grown from corms or rhizomes) can be forced to bloom indoors during the winter by giving them the combination of […]

Euphorbia Diamond Frost®

Need an airy plant that blooms for a long time but is very low maintenance? Euphorbia Diamond Frost® is a great little plant that requires little care yet continues to flower all season and combines well with almost any other garden plant. Learn more about this tough but dainty looking tender perennial in this article…

Elephant Ears (Colocasia, Alocasia, and Xanthosoma)

If you want a tropical look in your garden, just add elephant ears! Lots of new ornamental cultivars of these tender perennials – that are frequently grown as annuals here in the Midwest – have been developed in recent years. To learn more about this group of plants with large, heart-shaped leaves, read this article…

Scarlet Runner Bean, Phaseolus coccineus

If you’re looking for a multipurpose plant to cover a trellis or fence, provide some food, and have showy flowers, look no further than scarlet runner bean. This fast-growing ornamental edible offering bright red flowers and tasty beans is right at home in any garden. Learn more about scarlet runner bean in this article…

Cardoon, Cynara cardunculus

Looking for dramatic foliage to make a bold statement in the garden? Consider cardoon, a relative of the artichoke that has large, spiny, blue-green leaves that provides huge contrast with most other garden plants. The purple thistle flowers are just a bonus if you can get it to bloom. Learn more about Cynara cardunculus in this article…

Plant Flowers to Encourage Beneficial Insects

If you plant them, they will come. Planting flowers will encourage many beneficial insects because they need nectar and pollen as adults. But some flowers are better than others for attracting small wasps and flies that are predators or parasitoids of pest insects. To learn more about which flowers are best for natural enemies read this article…

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