Do you love peonies, hydrangeas, dahlias, daffodils, tulips, lilacs, coneflowers or sunflowers? Use our tips to choose and grow these flowers and other annuals and perennials in the Midwest.

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How to Force Paperwhites

Chase away the winter blues with green. Growing paperwhite bulbs indoors is a simple, inexpensive way to gain a jump start on Mother Nature.
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The Midwest Lilac Almanac

Their pastel blooms last only a few fleeting weeks each year. But when you bury your face in a sweet-smelling bunch … bliss. The smell of springtime could hardly be lovelier—or easier to grow.
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How to Plant, Grow and Care for Dahlias

Available in thousands (really) of variations, dahlias bloom well into fall—and with just a little post-frost work, can survive for an encore come spring.
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Where the Peonies Are

Lured by the fragrant promise of pink, hundreds of flower lovers flood the peony season opener at Red Twig Farms in Ohio.
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Easy Annual Flowers Deliver Summer-Long Color

In cutting gardens or borders, inexpensive annuals like zinnias bloom in explosive color all summer long—and come fall, leave parting gifts of seeds for next year.
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What Your Gift of Flowers is Really Saying

Do you want to send a friend a symbol of new beginnings? A sign of cheerfulness? A declaration of love? Find the meanings behind your favorite flowers and greens.
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The One Native Perennial Everyone Should Plant

Looking for a fuss-free perennial that’s attractive, dependable, deer-resistant, multiseasonal and extremely long-lived? Meet baptisia—a prairie native whose beautiful spires are reminiscent of the beloved lupine, minus the maintenance.
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A Beginner's Guide to Cutting Gardens

Imagine a garden that yields armfuls of color all summer long, enough for bud vases in the guest room, centerpieces on the table and just-because gifts for friends. Our creative director, Kylee Krizmanic, shares lessons from her own no-fuss cutting bed, plus striking ideas for arranging the bounty you'll snip.
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One-Minute Inspiration: Summer Flower Arrangements

Brightly colored flowers in eclectic vases add interest to any summer table setting. Watch to see ways to get the most out of your summer floral displays. To see more ideas, go to