Kathy Smigleski Z4
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Kathy Smigleski Z4 replied to Iowa Gardener's discussion White Yarrow in the group Wildflowers
"There are a few different white yarrows, but I think most of them are aggressive.  I have one that looks like tall baby's breath (gorgeous as a filler), but is a thug. I pull most of it out, as soon as it shows, and it still fills in well."
Jun 19, 2011
Kathy Smigleski Z4 commented on Community Manager's group Wildflowers
"I love my woodland poppies. They're blooming now, and will bloom off and on all summer...in deep shade. They spread, but politely, not invasive at all."
May 22, 2011
Kathy Smigleski Z4 replied to Crazy2day's discussion Looking for spectacular flowering trees/shrubs for zone 4 in the group Zone 4
"I agree with Julie. I love spireas. They're hard as nail, and come in dozens of sizes/colors, from old bridal wreath to ground covers. Anthony Waterer and Goldflame are two that have done well for me."
Mar 5, 2011
Kathy Smigleski Z4 replied to Lynne Roark's discussion What's blooming in July? in the group Zone 4
"Great photos, Lynn. What kind of camera?"
Jul 23, 2009
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Jul 22, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 replied to Lynne Roark's discussion What's blooming in July? in the group Zone 4
"Lynn, I often buy my plants at end of season specials ( I think it's the best time to plant perennials, and they're the cheapest, then). Last year, I bought an "assorted lily mix" for a terrific price and tossed in some late…"
Jul 20, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 replied to Lynne Roark's discussion What's blooming in July? in the group Zone 4
Jul 19, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 replied to Lyn Adams, zone4-5's discussion Whats your favorite garden tool?? in the group Zone 4
"I love my hori hori knife. It's a trowel that's serrated on one side, sharpened on the other, has measurements down the blade. Makes it easy to plant small perennials in my hard clay soil, and cut small roots (which I have loads of, with 3…"
Jul 15, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 replied to Lee Weiler Z6/Ohio's discussion Hostas not thriving in the group Woodland gardening
"What a beautiful woodland garden. I'm sorry to hear of your hostas. What zone are you in? I've lost hostas to a spring thaw, a heavy rain, then a freeze. The roots were just mush."
Jul 10, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 commented on Community Manager's group Zone 4
"Diddiloo, I found this on zones for Sweden; In Sweden and Finland, at sea level to 500 metres, zone 3 is north of the Arctic Circle, including cities like Karesuando, Pajala and Rovaniemi. Kiruna is the big exception here, which being located on a…"
Jul 4, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 commented on Community Manager's group Perennials
"Annette, Sweet Kate is a spiderwart (tradescantia). The rabbits here "trim" them back, and they often bloom a second time at the end of the summer."
Jul 3, 2009
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Jul 1, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 commented on Lori-ann Matteson's group Woodland gardening
"Dry shade is a challenge, especially in a short growing season (like 4!). I'm told epimedium likes it there, but I've never had good luck with those. I have large maples (with their shallow roots), and have had success with lamiastrum,…"
Jun 30, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 commented on Lori-ann Matteson's group Woodland gardening
"Jan, up here in the 'frozen north" of zone 4, they last the summer (if I don't let them dry out too much...they're under maples). I thought they were spring flowers...this is the first year they've rebloomed for me. It must…"
Jun 24, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 commented on Lori-ann Matteson's group Woodland gardening
"Julie, it's called celandine poppy... yellow, with a big flush of blooms in the spring, then blooms off and on during the summer, with a very cool seed pod. They do reseed but not invasively. I love 'em too."
Jun 23, 2009
Kathy Smigleski Z4 commented on Lori-ann Matteson's group Woodland gardening
"There are tons of shade plants for Wisconsin. Besides the ones you've mentioned, I have blue lobelia, lysimachia, bishop's weed (a thug, but great where nothing else will grow), woodland poppies, pachysandra (wonderful ground cover, daffs…"
Jun 22, 2009

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Intermediate
What kind of gardening do you like to do?
perennials, natives, shade
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
20 hours

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"WOW! Just GORGEOUS!!!"
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"They look so lovely side-by-side."
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