Ornamental Plants and Flowers

Ornamental Plants and Flowers

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Flowering plants can provide color and interest all season in the landscape. Learn how to select, plant, and grow all the annuals, perennials, vines, roses, and bulbs in your Iowa yard and garden, including natives.

Selecting, Hardening, and Planting Bedding Plants

Each spring, home gardeners buy bedding plants (annual flowers and vegetables) from local garden centers and greenhouses. To help ensure a successful start to the gardening season, select strong, healthy plants and harden them outdoors for a few days before planting. Proper planting is another key to success.

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Ornamental Plants and Flowers Experts

Aaron Steil

Aaron Steil

Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist
Selection and Care of Herbaceous Ornamentals
Native Plants
Plant Identification

Cindy Haynes

Cindy Haynes

Professor
Selection and Care of Herbaceous Ornamentals
Native Plants
Plant Identification