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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Beth Turlington notes that last fall, the Wichita County Master Gardeners began asking homeowners to tell us what survived in their landscapes during the heat and drought.  We also asked about watering practices, if mulch was used, sun exposure, and what soil type plants were growing in.

We asked, you answered.  Thank you so much to everyone who filled out a survey form or sent an email.  With that information in hand, a list was put together, with common names, scientific names, light, soil type, and the occasional note.

Our goal with this project is to give the gardeners of this area, an accurate picture of what got through the Easy Bake Oven that was the summer of 2011.  There were plants submitted that were left off the list, as we were unable to identify them with the information we had.   Anything that was watered 3 or more times a week was not added to list.  We wanted plants that got through with minimal care.

To that end, we have a list with 150 entries but not 150 different plants.  There are several Hollies, Lilies, Sages, Salvias, and 17 different roses.  I’ll list the top 10 here.  The entire list will be posted on our web site, under Gardening Information For Our Area.

  1. Autumn Sage (Saliva Gregii)
  2. Mexican Petunias-Standard & Dwarf (Ruellia brittoniana)
  3. Lantana, Native (Lantana)
  4. Nandina, standard (Nandina)
  5. Russian Sage (Perovskia antriplicifloia)
  6. Turk’s Cap Red (Malvaviscus drummondii)
  7. Canna (Canna x generalis)
  8. Crepe Myrtles, Dwarf & Standard (Lagerstroemia)
  9. Guara (Guara)
  10. Bearded Iris (Iris germanica)

With these ten alone, you will have beautiful, tough landscape.  Check the full list, you’ll find so many choices to add color to your landscape, while cutting back on the water.

We do have a new web site address, noted above, but it’s the same great site, full of information to help you garden with confidence.  Our email address is, please send us any questions or comments.

The days are getting longer, the time change is just around corner, so start making plans and get out and garden.


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