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Some Annuals That Can Take Sun

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Some Annuals That Can Take Sun
Sun coleuses, such as these at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening here at MBG, are colorful plants for summer sun and heat. Long-time gardeners may remember when Solenostemon scutellarioides (coleus) varieties only did well in shade or part shade, but today there are many varieties of coleus such as these, that not only tolerate but do best in full sun exposures. Just make sure that you look for varieties labeled as ‘Sun Coleus’. This coleus bed is edged by the yellow foliage ...
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Deciduous Shrubs:  Tried and Trouble-free and Recommended to You!
Tried & Trouble-free (T &T) plants are those that have been selected by area plant professionals whose  experience has shown that the particular plants have done well year after year in the St. Louis area and generally are readily available in the trade. This month’s features are the Tried & Trouble-free Deciduous Shrubs. Shrubs are defined as woody plants, which in comparison to trees, are relatively shorter in height and have multiple stems rather than a single tr...
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Heat and Drought  Can Combine to Create Crisis in the Landscape!
As summer temperatures climb to the mid- to high 90s and rain fails to fall we may begin to see the effects of drought and water stress on many plants. A quick assessment of your landscape may show the effects of leaf scorch, sunburn, and heat stress on a number of plants including dogwood, hydrangea and some tomato fruit that was not protected by foliage. With our cooler, wet spring some plants may also not yet be aclimated to the heat and show sign of stress. So start your scouting now. ...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: drought , scorch , trees , planting , watering | Comments (0) | View Count: (1245)