Add color to your garden or yard by planting flowers. Need some help getting started?
General requirements and care
- Video on mulching to control weeds
- Drought-tolerant plants save water, money and time
- Design a water-smart landscape
- Selecting plants that will succeed on your lakefront
- How to use color in the landscape
- Statewide table for frost-free dates for choosing when to plant
- Light requirements, watering, and soil preparation from eXtension
- Video on summer rose care
- Poinsettia care
- Deer Barriers: Fencing, Repellants, Dog Restraint Systems
What kind of flowers to grow
- Tropical plants
- Identifying plants - USDA plant database
- Selecting, growing and designing perennials
- Growing milkweeds for monarch butterflies
- Wildfire-resistant landscape plants for Michigan
- Deer-resistant plants for homeowners
Native plants in the landscape and garden
- New: Video on matching native plants to your yard’s needs (Downloadable file)
- New: Video on smart reasons to choose native plants (Downloadable file)
- Video on selecting native or well-adapted plants to simplify meeting the plant’s needs
- Native plants can be a smart choice for Michigan landscapes
- Attracting beneficial insects with native flowering plants
- Visit nativeplants.msu.edu for fact sheets about specific plants and to learn about their ecosystem services.
Disease, insect and pest concerns
- Impatiens downy mildew: A curse and opportunity for smart gardeners
- Alternatives to impatiens: Avoid impatiens downy mildew with these alternative plants
- A Pocket Guide for IPM Scouting in Herbaceous Perennials
- Abiotic plant disorders, symptoms, signs and solutions: A diagnostic guide to problem solving
- Broad mites
- Brown marmorated stink bugs: Information for Michigan residents on a new home invader
- Daylily rust
- Gladiolus rust
- Hoary alyssum
- Managing pests around the home
- Managing pests in the landscape
- Interactive Plant Manager is an online diagnostic database for woody ornamentals from Cornell University’s IPM Program.
- Using organic fertilizers - tip sheet from Purdue University
- Reading a pesticide label
- Poison ivy identification and management
November 16, 2011 | Mallory Fournier | Unsure what to get the gardener in your life this holiday season? We polled MSU Extension educators to learn what’s on their wish list (and perhaps on yours, too).
November 15, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | It’s time to get you garden ready for ‘ol man winter whether you like it or not. Keeping the rodents and deer away, creating protective barriers and digging up tender perennials are things to consider now.
November 15, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | The ornamental kale will not only keep your garden vibrant during late fall, but also serves as a striking holiday centerpiece.
November 10, 2011 | Beth Clawson | Planting deer-resistant landscape plants this fall can help discourage deer and rabbits from using your garden as a free buffet during the winter.
October 20, 2011 | Mary Wilson | The weather may be growing cooler, but don’t take a gardening rest just yet! The time for “R&R” will come when you’ve properly prepared your beds for winter and next spring.
October 19, 2011 | Gretchen Voyle | The future happens today for spring color from flower bulbs. Here are some varieties that do not seem to attract deer and rodents.
October 12, 2011 | Mary K. Hausbeck | Clean downy mildew up now so it won’t stay this winter.
August 31, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | August and September are great times to start thinking about re-energizing your garden and preparing for the upcoming year by dividing and refurbishing your perennials.
August 29, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | Grasses are the ultimate tough plant for the ultimate tough place – Michigan.
August 16, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran and Mary Wilson | Late summer offers a host of rewarding gardening work that produces both beauty and bounty.
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Jan 15, 2018 – Apr 23, 2018 | GCCARD Building, 605 N. Saginaw Street (Suite 1A), Flint, MI, 48502
Jan 18, 2018 – Apr 26, 2018 | Bay College West, 2801 U.S. 2, Iron Mountain, MI 4801
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Washtenaw Western Service Building, MSU Extension, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Kalamazoo RESA - Wile Auditorium 1819 E. Milham Ave Portage, MI 490
Mar 1, 2018 – Jun 7, 2018 | Verkuilen Building, Assembly Rooms A&B 28115 Dunham Rd., Suite 12, Clinton Twp, MI 48036
Mar 8, 2018 – Jun 14, 2018 | Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center; 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
Mar 10, 2018 – Jun 30, 2018 | Charles R. Drew Transition Center, 9600 Wyoming St., Detroit, MI 48204