University of Illinois Extension

Volume 7 Issue 4

Articles in this issue...

Hot Vines

"Every gardener at some time or another has planted vines. They might have been quick growing annual vines such as morning glory, hyacinth bean, moonflower and scarlet runner bean, or perennial vines like clematis, climbing hydrangea or Boston ivy," said Greg Stack, U of I Extension horticulturist. "In any case, vines provide some vertical color and interest and perhaps some type of screening.

Summer Flowering Shrubs

In spring, it seems that every shrub in town is in flower, said Sharon Yiesla, University of Illinois Extension horticulturist.

Tips for Renovating Strawberries

Strawberries, particularly the June-bearing types, tend to produce a lot of runners and daughter plants in a patch. This leads to overcrowded plants that compete for light, moisture, and mineral nutrients leading to reduction in amount of berries produced in a strawberry patch, said Extension horticulturist Maurice Ogutu.

Tomato Tip

"Watch for blossom-end rot on tomatoes," said Ron Wolford, U of I horticulturist. "The blossom ends of tomatoes turn brown to black. Peppers and summer squash can also have this problem."

Lawn Care for Summer

How we manage the lawn during the summer greatly influences how well the lawn looks in the fall and even the next spring, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture specialist.

The Tropical Garden

"Adding tropical and tropical looking plants to the garden can: give the garden a different look, create a unique feeling in the garden, add focal points to a traditional garden, enable us to have a good-looking garden in the hottest part of summer," explained Sharon Yiesla, Extension horticulturist.