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Various cultivars of clematis. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Clematis "Queen of the Vines" - Articles Articles
Clematis are beautiful perennial vines. Find out how to care for them and the characteristics of different cultivars. More
Native plants contained by sidewalk at Penn State Extension's Dauphin County office. Photo credit: Lois Miklas
Containing Garden "Thugs" - Articles Articles

Containing Garden "Thugs"

Rose Trunzo, Judy Wisk

Even desirable plants can become thugs in the garden by taking over areas that you did not intend. Learn some ways to contain opportunistic garden plants. More
Photo credit: Lois Miklas
De-Icers and Plant Health - Articles Articles
Find out what effect winter de-icers can have on plants and which types are least harmful. More
Photo credit: Kim Frey
Evaluating the Garden - Articles Articles

Evaluating the Garden

Pamela T. Hubbard

Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the successes and disappointments of last year's garden. More
A Cedar Waxwing takes advantage of a winter food source. A well-planned rain garden provides fruits, seeds and nectar and is a valued food source year around. Migrating birds will find refuge, food and shelter, completing this unique habitat.
Rain Garden - Biodiversity - Articles Articles
Creating biodiversity and habitat while conserving water. Basic information on rain gardens and plant material suggestions for each zone of a rain garden. More
Rain Gardens - the Basics
Rain Gardens - the Basics - Articles Articles
Rain gardens are a simple and resourceful way to use the stormwater from your gutters productively as a garden. More
Rain Gardens - the Plants
Rain Gardens - the Plants - Articles Articles
Suggested plant material (trees, shrubs and perennials) for the three rain garden zones. More
Planting Along Streams
Planting Along Streams - Articles Articles
If you have a stream on your property, even it’s small, you have the opportunity to both enhance your landscape and protect precious water resources. More
Red maple (Acer rubrum)
Plant Guide: Sun to Part Sun - Wet to Moist Soil - Articles Articles
Trees, shrubs, vines and perennials that are naturally found in sun to part sun and wet to moist soils. More
USDA map showing where Buddleia is invasive
Avoiding Invasives: Butterfly Bush - Articles Articles

Avoiding Invasives: Butterfly Bush

Constance Schmotzer

How could the ever popular butterfly bush possibly be a problem for pollinators when it attracts butterflies and is highly marketed as a “must-have” plant for butterfly gardens? More
Organic Land Care Best Management Practices Manual
Organic Land Care Best Management Practices Manual - Articles Articles
This free manual provides recommendations to land managers and landscape contractors on best management practices for effectively conducting organic land care. More
Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) Linnaeus
Plant Guide: Shade to Part Shade - Dry to Moist Soil - Articles Articles
Trees, shrubs, vines and perennials that are naturally found in shade to part shade and dry to moist soils. More
Sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana)
Plant Guide: Shade To Part Shade - Wet To Moist Soil - Articles Articles
Trees, shrubs, vines and perennials that are naturally found in shade to part shade and wet to moist soils. More
Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
Plant Guide: Sun to Part Sun - Dry to Moist Soil - Articles Articles
Trees, shrubs, vines and perennials that are naturally found in sun to part sun and dry to moist soils. More
Four-lined plant bug adult. Photo: S. Feather, Penn State
Four-lined Plant Bugs Are Active Now - Articles Articles
Four-lined plant bugs, Poecilocapsus lineatus, become active in May. More
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