Your National Gardening Association weekly news for July 22, 2017


Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Differences Between The Rose Of Sharon And Hibuscus
"What are the primary differences between the Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus as related to general overall size, blooming period, and maintenance?" - Click to read the answer

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Apple Tree Care

"Water young trees regularly, especially those on semi-dwarfing or dwarfing rootstocks, to ensure that the root system becomes well established. Renew mulch periodically, but pull it away from the tree in the fall so mice don't nest over the winter and eat the bark."

Digging Deeper with Soils

"Your students' inquiring minds will provide fertile ground for extending soil investigations and activities. Here are some ideas to prompt your thinking."

Getting Started With Garden Perennials

"You don't need to be an expert gardener to grow perennials. Many types of perennials are easy to grow and provide years of pleasure with minimal upkeep."

The Lowdown on Lawns: Frequently Asked Questions

"10 frequently asked questions about lawns. Lean about cool-season and warm-season grasses; the best time of year to seed a new lawn; fertilizer for lawns and more!"

Maintaining Container Gardens

"These simple maintenance tasks keep your patio planters and window boxes looking their best throughout the growing season and help cold-climate gardeners prepare for winter."


"Several kinds of surface-feeding caterpillars are known as cutworms, and they feast on many garden plants."

Edible Landscaping - Edible of the Month: Fava Beans

"Fava, or broad beans, are not well known in America, but if you go "across the pond", the English and Europeans love them. But favas had a rocky start. Back in ancient Greek times, Pythagoras warned to "avoid all favas". It seems certain people in the southern Mediterranean region have a genetic tendency to get sick from eating fresh fava beans, a syndrome called favism."

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus 'Evening Eclipse')
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Photo of Lily (Lilium duchartrei)
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Photo of Lily (Lilium 'Queen Kong')
By jmorth:

Photo of Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Irish Darling')
By IrisLilli:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Black Panther')
By dera:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Olive Windows')
By IrisLilli:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Gathering of Nations')
By Sscape:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Adorabelle')
By sunnyvalley:

Photo of Strawflower (Xerochrysum bracteatum Sundaze® Flame)
By robertduval14:

Photo of Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
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The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

7 people gave for post #1507826 in "Banner for July 21, 2017 by wildflowers" by wildflowers

6 people gave for post #1505906 in "Banner for July 19, 2017 by Fleur569" by Fleur569

5 people gave for post #1503993 in "Banner for July 17, 2017 by Dinu" by Dinu

4 people gave for post #1504977 in "Banner for July 18, 2017 by dirtdorphins" by dirtdorphins

3 people gave for a photo of Rose (Rosa 'Crown Princess Margareta') by cliftoncat

3 people gave for post #1501230 in "Banner for July 14, 2017 by Fleur569" by Fleur569

3 people gave for post #1503733 in "✺ JULY 2017 Bloom and Chat ✺" by sunnyvalley

2 people gave for post #1505791 in "Our Orchid blooms in July 2017" by BigBill

2 people gave for post #1505697 in "CobraHead tool review" by MissiveMaven

2 people gave for a photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Paryzanka') by barashka

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Show your WatermarksspringcolorSempervivum and Jovibarba forum54
How to deal with mosquitoesTexasPlumeria87Ask a Question forum52
Not all plants included in sub-list are visible to otherspurpleinoppSite Talk forum39
Why do daylilies not produce blooms?beckygardenerDaylilies forum36
Variegated PlumeriaemddvmPlumeria forum35
plant naysayersJai_GaneshaSandbox forum24
Wildfire near Superstition GardensAndreaDIrises forum22
Sandy Nall cultivars?Mayo62Daylilies forum21
So...I think I've just been given a daylily farmamberjewelDaylilies forum20

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