Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Know What Plants Work Best Here

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Know What Plants Work Best Here

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Q * I want my yard to look beautiful, but I don't have a lot of experience. What are some tips ?

A * Knowing the plants, soil and fertilizer that work best in the Midwest will keep your garden healthy all season long.

The first step is to understand what thrives best in our area. The two main types of plants are annuals and perennials. Annuals grow all season and must be replanted each year, while perennials continue to thrive year after year without replanting. For a carefree Midwest garden, it's best to plant low-maintenance succulents or perennials, such as daylilies, daisies, black-eyed susans, coneflowers and peonies.

An annual that's ideal for the new gardener are the Vigoro Drop N' Bloom plants, which come in a variety of species, including petunias, diamond frost and geraniums. …

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