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August 2011

Slide show: Gloriosa daisies

Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta) blooms most all summer long. And there are cultivars of these floriferous full-sun-loving perennials with more habits and flower colors than there used to be, as well.

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Wheel bug

The wheel bug is an assassin bug that preys on insects that include aphids, hairy caterpillars, fall webworms and sawflies.

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Jewelweed

The summer flowers of 6-ft.-tall jewelweed range from clear yellow to red orange and open in clusters of one to three flowers each at the leaf axils.

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Slide show: Multiseason showoffs

It takes a bit of effort to get a new shrub or tree established and growing strong. You don’t want to throw all that work away on a plant that only looks good while it’s blooming for one week. Each of these will look fantastic long after their flowers have faded!

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Common dayflower

In late spring, common dayflower’s blue flowers open at the end of the stems. Each flower lasts one day, opening only in the morning or on cloudy days.

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