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Home Gardening Tips: Easier Weeding and Watering

If you're building a fence, a retaining wall or a planter, set a course of protruding stones in the soil beneath it. That way, your mower can cut all the grass—no trimming by hand needed. The stones should protrude about 4 in. from the wall and stand at least an inch above the soil so grass doesn't creep over them.

from Midwest Living

25 Top Easy-Care Plants for Midwest Gardens

Plant these low-maintenance perennials and shrubs—including hostas, peonies, yarrow, daylilies, catmint and switchgrass—for a carefree Midwest garden.

from Midwest Living

Best Ornamental Grasses for Midwest Gardens

Blue oat grass Refined and elegant, this grass has beautiful blue-gray, fine-textured leaf blades that grow in a mound. It is stunning throughout most of the season and combines well with most perennials. In fall, brownish spikelets reach for the sky. Size: to 4 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide Conditions: full sun and well-drained soil Zones: 4-9 Best for: its blue-gray color and neat appearance

Love the lime and purple combo. Too bad Japanese Forest Grass (Zone 5) doesn't grow very well in my Zone 3 garden. It's alive and healthy, but has only grown to be about 8" in diameter...

Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') * I love ornamental grasses

Coneflower is an old favorite and can be completely neglected, they will grow anywhere in full sun. Even in poor soil. They also spread nicely.

from your homebased mom

In the Garden

Shade garden plants (Perennials) - Tiarella 'Crow's Feather, a Heuchera 'Purple Petticoat and a variegated Hosta