Plant Times

Plant Times

Garden inspiration and gardening tips for new and experienced gardeners. Featuring plant and product news for outdoor spaces and Midwest gardens.

Garden Buzz

One of the fun things about gardening is learning from one another. Join the conversation and share your gardening experiences.
Favorite Plants for Containers
Favorite Plants for Containers
There are so many things to love about container gardening! Find a container that suits your style and fill it will color - it can...
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What’s your favorite place in the garden?
What’s your favorite place in the garden?
In the back corner of my garden is a bench that is surrounded by plants and is my favorite place to sit. It's also wide...
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Do you have a favorite spring flowering tree?
Do you have a favorite spring flowering tree?
Is it hard to pick a favorite spring flowering tree? I have that problem. White Fringetree is one of my absolute favorites. But, I also...
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What are your favorite pollinator plants?
What are your favorite pollinator plants?
What are you planting for pollinators? Milkweed is a favorite of many gardeners. I love coneflowers, sedum, heptacodium, red buckeye and more. Please share your...
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Midwest Favorites

Midwest gardens face many challenges with wild temperature swings, drought conditions, floods, diseases and pests.

In spite of all that, we have 100’s of great plants for our gardens. Here’s a few of our favorite, easy to grow plants for Midwest gardens.

Plant Profiles

There are so many plants to consider adding to the garden! Explore a few of our favorite plants for Midwest gardens and tell us about your favorites.
Red Buckeye
Red Buckeye
Hummingbirds love red buckeye trees! Look for Ft. McNair and Briotti buckeyes (Aesculus pavia) at your garden center. Both are medium sized trees with long...
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Seven Son Flower
Seven Son Flower
Count the petals - there are 7 in each flower star. Seven-son-flower (Heptacodium miconioides) flowers late summer when the butterfly migration is underway. A pollinator...
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Sunstream Ginkgo
Sunstream Ginkgo
Each creamy yellow and green variegated leaf is unique on a Sunstream Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba 'Sunstream'). . A smaller maturing ornamental tree, Sunstream will be...
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White Fringe Tree
White Fringe Tree
Fragrance from the fringe tree's (Chionanthus virginicus) spring flowers gently drifts through the garden. Exquisite flowers grace the irregular form of this smaller maturing, ornamental...
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Garden News

What do we do when we aren’t planning, planting and tending the garden? Sit on a garden bench and read the news – news about plants, of course!

A few of our favorite articles:

Dare to Try Something New

Helleborus
BotanicalShots

Something I enjoy each year is expanding my plant palette and trying new plants. It has tested my faith when plants don’t live up to their expectations. However, as are most gardeners, I’m resilient. And, new plants keep finding their way into my shopping cart. Read more.

Summer Garden Tips

Refresh your summertime garden with these chores and ideas

Summer Garden Tips
Janet Loughrey

During the dog days of summer, there’s plenty to do in the garden. With a bit of planning, you can make the best use of your time by prioritizing what needs to be done. Schedule regular time to check off those chores on your to-do list so that you don’t get overwhelmed. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Grill up some dinner, invite friends, relax and enjoy your outdoor oasis. Read the tips published in Garden Design Magazine.

Plants ‘Talk’ to Each Other

Roots inspire neighbours to grow through a series of underground signals

Plants talk to each other
Elhakeem Et Al

Plants inspire neighbours to grow through a series of underground signals, a new study has revealed.

Researchers found that corn seedlings exchange messages with nearby plants via chemical signals fired into the soil from their roots.

These potent secretions tell the seedlings whether their neighbours are relatives or strangers and help them direct their growth accordingly. Read more.

Gardeners Love CobraHead Tools

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CobraHead tools are becoming the favorite of gardeners everywhere. They out work all similar tools. These Wisconsin made tools are rugged, versatile, and easy to use. The CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator does more garden chores better than any other tool. The CobraHead Long Handle is a great stand-up weeder, and it’s ideal for older gardeners and those with limited kneeling capabilities. A must-have for gardeners – learn more.

A Cook’s Garden

 

Image by Dennis Klein on Unsplash

I was on my way out the door, she was on her way in. Our paths crossed at our hair stylist’s studio and we started talking about cooking and gardening. She loves to cook. I love to garden. Wanting to use fresh ingredients for recipes, we discussed a plant or two. Realizing this conversation could go on for a while, I responded to the next question, “This would be a great topic for an article!” Read more to learn what vegetables, herbs and edible flowers you should grow for fresh ingredients.