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Central Plains Gardening 66 Ideabooks

If you have a garden consisting mostly of plants native to your area, then your garden is on automatic pilot this month — enjoy those sexy blooms! A native garden also keeps pests in check by attracting beneficial predators such as ladybugs, wasps, praying mantises and birds. As the temperatures rise, keep up with deep...
Central Plains Gardener's August Checklist
The flower season is far from over, especially if you have native plants. Butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects are out in full force looking for food, while birds are in search of water that you can provide. Keep an eye on thirsty vegetable...
Central Plains Gardener's September Checklist
I’m a teacher, and school always starts in August — way too early. In the Central Plains, that means you’ve got about a month of sweating in your casual dress outfits and being totally confused as to what season it is, especially when your...
Central Plains Gardener's October Checklist
Between you and me, no other season comes close to beating fall. Maybe it's because when I was 10, my family moved to Minnesota in late summer, and my first experiences in that new place were in deliciously cold, damp woods in autumn. The chill, the sweet...
Central Plains Gardener's November Checklist
If you’re like me you, you feel conflicted about the November garden: one part of you would like to get outside and grab some fresh air, the other part of you is tired at the end of the gardening season. Lucky us — there are small yet important things...
Central Plains Gardener's December Checklist
I bet you’re starting to miss the garden just a little bit. You’d give anything to feel dirt under your nails. Even a fresh scratch from a maple branch would be somehow sweet. Just as in love, it’s about the anticipation, and winter is the time...
Great Native Plant: Rattlesnake Master for Unique Interest
Looking like a yucca but a member of the parsley and carrot family, rattlesnake master is a unique plant not used nearly enough. While it’s in bloom, the flower heads are insect magnets, and it hosts the rare rattlesnake-master...
Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground
Daisies will brighten up any landscape, and blackfoot daisy is no exception. Despite its fragile appearance, this low-growing perennial flourishes with little water in areas that experience bitter-cold winters, while also thriving in hot, dry desert...
10 Native Wildflowers to Beautify Your Winter Garden
Hopefully you leave up your fall and winter garden, because the benefits are enormous: seeds and cover for wildlife, litter for overwintering butterflies and stems to gather snow, which insulates and hydrates roots. Of course, the biggest reason — let...
Great Design Plant: Louie Eastern White Pine
Seattle is renowned for its gray skies and seemingly endless rain, so those of us who live here seek out plants that add a Midas touch, especially to the winter garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials that offer bright...
5 Unsung Wildflowers That Thrive in Dry Shade
I know there are areas of our gardens that just, well, tick us off and create literal nightmares. (I once dreamed that the entire neighborhood came over to suggest that one small problem spot meant I was a terrible gardener whom no one should listen to.)...
8 Perennials for Great Fall Color
Out here on the prairie, trees are relegated to towns, cities and river bottoms. Stand upon a bluff overlooking the Missouri River valley in eastern Nebraska, and the tree color is stunning well into late October and early November. If you squint just...
Autumn Joy: How to Get 3 Months of Fall Flowers
I've become a bit of an aster hound. There are just so many asters out there that we never hear of or that nurseries don't sell. And I'm talking native species asters...
Great Design Plant: Aromatic Aster Keeps on Blooming
I have at least a dozen species of aster in my garden, from shade lovers to sun lovers, drought tolerators and rain garden mainstays. But in my top three is aromatic aster, because it grows in even the worst soil and blooms and blooms and blooms — even...
Great Design Plant: Ironweed Fills Tall Garden Orders
I'm always on the lookout for native plants that I don't see in gardens but that I do see out in the wilderness. Ironweed is a unique plant that's as tough as nails, provides three-season interest and attracts beneficial insects in a wildlife-inspired...
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