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Yard and Garden

Yard and Garden, formerly Horticulture and Home Pest News, is filled with information about current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Horticulture and Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology.

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Learn more about what is blooming around Iowa, what are some common questions and pests for the week, as well as timely tasks in the garden and landscape.


Planting and Caring for Tender Perennials

Tender perennials are attractive additions to the home landscape. Since they are not reliably winter hardy in Iowa, tender perennials must be planted outdoors each spring. Tender perennials include gladioli, dahlias, cannas, tuberous begonias, caladiums, and calla lilies, among other plants.

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Azaleas for Iowa: Winter Hardy 'Lights' Series

The ‘Lights’ series of deciduous azaleasare introductions from the University of Minnesota. They are known for their flower bud hardiness and incredible floral displays in May in Iowa. Like most deciduous azaleas, they bloom before the leaves fully emerge. Flower buds withstand at least -30°F temperatures during the winter. This makes them reliable spring bloomers across the Upper Midwest.


Growing Cole Crops in the Home Garden

Cole crops is the general term used to describe broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. Learn more about growing cole crops in the Iowa vegetable garden including information on recommended cultivars, planting, yields, care during the growing season, potential problems, and harvest and storage.

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Growing Clematis in Iowa

Clematis are vining members of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). Over 250 species and hundreds of varieties are available which bloom from May until frost. No matter how you say it (kla-MAT-us; KLEM-a-tis), they are some of the most beautiful and diverse climbing vines for the landscape. They have earned the moniker of "Queen of Vines." Learn how to grow clematis in your own landscape.

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AAS Winners are Great Vegetables to Grow in the Garden

All-America Selections trial sites and display gardens are spread across the US and Canada, including nine gardens in Iowa. Reiman Gardens is proud to be both a trial site for multiple categories and a display garden highlighting recent winners. Be sure to visit Reiman Gardens this summer to see what’s in trials this year! Read about a few notable winners.

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Growing Garden Peonies

Learn more information about types of peonies and how to grow them—including tips on planting, fertilizing, and seasonal care.

Yard and Garden News

Yard and Garden: Planting and Growing Eggplant

Horticulture experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on selecting, planting and growing eggplant.

Yard and Garden: Hanging Basket Considerations

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain special care considerations for hanging baskets.

Selling Timber? Consider Newly Updated Guides for Inventories and Contracts

Landowners who are considering a timber sale can record their inventory and form a contract with buyers by using two newly updated resources from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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