May 23, 2023

How to Grow Strawberries in Containers

Strawberries are one of the best fruits to grow in the home garden.  When little garden space is available or there is not enough space in full sun to grow strawberries, containers are a fun alternative.  When grown in a container, plants not only produce fruit but are also ornamental, making them an attractive addition to a patio or deck.

Irises for the Home Landscape

There are over 200 species of iris. Bearded irises are one of the most popular and widely grown perennials in the home landscape. Though not as widely grown, several other types or species of iris are also attractive additions to the perennial garden. By selecting and planting several different iris species, gardeners can enjoy blooming irises from April through July. 

Growing Lilacs in the Home Garden

Lilacs are one of the most cherished and adored of all flowering shrubs. They are noted for their beautiful blossoms and fragrance. Lilacs are available in a wide range of colors. Though they offer mainly one season of interest, their spring flower displays are greatly appreciated after a long, hard winter. 

Learn about the selection and care of lilacs in Iowa.

New PIDC Service-Insect Molecular Identifications

The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (PIDC) now runs two insect identification services, the regular microscope insect identification ($10.00) and a new molecular insect identification ($35.00). Read more about molecular insect idenetification in this article. 

Iowa Butterfly Forecast for June 2023

See what butterflies will be taking flight in June in the Iowa Butterfly Forecast. This series will continue monthly throughout the flight season. 

AAS Winners are Great New Additions to Your Home Garden

All-America Selections has been trialing edible and ornamental plants for over 90 years, presenting awards to entries that will impress home gardeners with their performance regionally or nationally. There have been plenty of exciting new winners that merit a place in your garden that will be highlighted in this series.