Winter Reflection

Was your garden everything you hoped it would be this past year? Did each season have color and interest? Was there a focal point, great combinations and a variety of texture? Did each area of the garden function as anticipated (cutting garden, screen, retreat)? Did some perennials perform better than expected, others not as well? Is there…

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Fantastic Fall Perennial Gardens

Is your garden full of autumn color, interesting seed heads and strong architectural elements? If not, you are not alone. In  the spring, after a long Wisconsin winter, we are drawn to perennials that are already blooming at our favorite garden center. Our gardens become filled with spectacular spring and summer color. Consider adding some…

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Spring Bulbs

The weather is certainly getting cooler, but there are still some nice days to get out into the garden and now is the time to plant spring bulbs! Here are some general guidelines for planting bulbs. Bulbs don’t typically like heavy soil.  If you are dealing with clay, definitely amend with compost or peat to…

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A Trip to the Green Bay Botanic Garden

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to take a trip to the Green Bay Botanic Garden.  It’s a really great public garden and I highly recommend taking a day to get up there and check it out.  You can read part 1 about my trip here: http://www.confessionsofaplantgeek.com/2012/09/a-visit-to-green-bay-botanic-garden-pt-1.html Part 2 is here  http://www.confessionsofaplantgeek.com/2012/09/a-visit-to-green-bay-botanic-garden-pt.html

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Woody Plants for the Perennial Garden

Most people don’t realize that woody plants can be an extremely important part of a perennial garden.  They can provide structure, architectural contrast, winter interest and habitat or food for wildlife. Upright barberries like ‘Rosy Rocket’ or ‘Orange Rocket’ are great vertical elements that also provide a different color that can be hard to get from…

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The Garden Hums With Life

The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are back from their long vacation in Mexico and Central America and ready to buzz about your garden looking for flower nectar.  So what do they look for?  They love plants with tubular flowers, especially in shades of red, but I’ve seen them feeding on a number of different plants.  Here…

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Spring Flowering Bulbs Are Here!

The spring flowering bulbs have finally arrived at Caan Floral and Greenhouses. This is the perfect time of year to introduce or add spring flowering bulbs to your garden landscape. There is a unique selection of bulbs, from antique to new varieties, and a wide palette of colors to choose from; purples, blues, reds, pinks, yellows,…

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Chrysanthemums, Will They Survive the Winter?

Many of you have come to the garden center to purchase one or more of the many beautiful varieties of Chrysanthemums we have available. One frequently asked question is whether or not these mums are hardy. Hopefully I can answer that question for you here. Potted chrysanthemum flowers have become a favorite of gardeners for outdoor…

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