Nasturtium 'Peach Melba'


Nasturtiums are an old-fashioned, colorful, fragrant annual and culinary herb. They have appeared in paintings by Monet and Henri Matisse, have been used for medicinal purposes to treat wounds and prevent infections, and were used as a pepper substitute during World War II.  The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.  Deer typically do not like […]

Dames Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

A plant with pretty pink to purple flowers, a long bloom season, fragrant – especially in the evening, attracts butterflies, deer don’t like it, no disease problems, and easy to grow. Sounds like a perfect ornamental plant for the home garden. Not so fast! This “perfect” plant is dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) and it’s on […]

Ask A Master Gardener PIC

Ask A Master Gardener!

The Dodge County Master Gardener Association, in conjunction with UW Extension, offers help to all gardeners when problems arise or when they simply need a little encouragement. The Help Line is open at 127 E. Oak Street, Room E on Tuesday mornings 9-12 and Thursday afternoons 1-4 until September 1, 2016. However, if a gardener […]

Oriental Poppy

The Bold, Vibrant Oriental Poppy

Now that spring has officially arrived, the flowers will bloom and brighten the corners of the landscape. First will be the bulb flowers such as the crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, and tulips. Then, a late spring, eye-catching brilliant display of Oriental poppies will dazzle the eyes for many gardeners. Oriental poppies, Papaver orientale, are an old-fashioned […]

Brilliant foliage of Garden Phlox

The Fine, Fragrant Phlox

While the weather is now not conducive to gardening, it is a good time to plan for next year’s garden. It would be hard to find a landscape that could not accommodate phlox. This versatile, eye-catching perennial comes in a wide variety of colors and in both upright and low-growing types. There are sun-lovers and […]


Zinnia – A Happy Little Face in the Garden

Perennials are plants that persist for multiple seasons. Generally the top part of the plant will die back in the fall or winter, but the root will remain and new plant growth will appear the following spring. Many gardeners prefer perennials since they do not have to be planted every year. Annuals on the other […]

Common Purslane

Purslane: To Eat or Not to Eat

One of the bane’s of gardening is weed management. Some weeds fall into the “if you can’t beat them join them” category. Purslane is one of those weeds. Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea, is an edible weed. In fact, in many parts of the world, it is cultivated because of its high nutrient value. It has […]