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Dramatic Landscape Performers

Now that spring has sprung and Memorial Day is just around the corner, homeowners will be focused on beautifying their outdoor spaces in the coming weeks (if they haven't been already). We've gotten a bit... more »

Sunset at the Kansas State University Flower Trial

The Kansas State University trials were established 23 years ago in multiple trial sites throughout Kansas to demonstrate the adaptability of annuals and perennials to the challenges of the prairie climate. The performance criteria included... more »

Ornamental Shrubs: Beyond the Hype

As I was paging through one of the latest consumer gardening magazines, I was struck by some common themes in terms of what I saw. Most of the spreads featured beautiful, compelling photos of lush... more »

Veggie Season is Upon Us

While it took its sweet time making its appearance, spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner. For me, that means finally getting my vegetable garden ready for another hopefully fruitful... more »

Let’s Talk Ginger

When I think of ginger, the first things that come to mind are those wonderful ginger products that we eat and drink. This is only a small section of the Zingiberaceae family, with many ornamental... more »

Going Native

With the increased popularity and demand for native plants in recent years, more and more growers are placing a greater emphasis on them. Many perennial programs already contain some natives, but now with the renewed... more »

The Best of the Begonias

Last year was a great year for vegetative begonia introductions. Sure, we’ve seen a slew of breeding efforts targeted on the class since the impatiens mildew fiasco of 2013, but no other year in recent... more »

New Standards in Gerberas

The gerbera cut flower business is full of challenges and opportunities. While production and labor costs continue to increase, growers have to create their own unique mix of smart variety selection, cultivation decisions, the right... more »

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