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Garden Q&A: What is this flower?

What is this flower? We love it and let it reseed every year. We call it orange zinnia, but it gets easily 6 feet tall and we suspect it isn’t really a zinnia. Butterflies and hummingbirds like it, and I think little birds eat the seeds, too. Tithonia rotundifolia, commonly …

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Garden Q&A: This vine can do permanent harm to your plants

A vine quickly grew up and over two shrubs and a perennial bed this summer. It hurts to pull these vines, but the plants below them are turning brown (what I can still see of them, anyway!) What should I do about this mess? Can I spray? This is a …

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Garden Q&A: What is this camouflaged leaf creature?

This leaf creature was flying from plant to plant yesterday, otherwise I would never have noticed it. Do I want it in my garden? I hope so. Katydids are great mimickers. The adults camouflage themselves as leaves, but their immature nymphs can look like spiders, assassin bugs (all the better …

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Garden Q&A: What to know about the weed with petal-less flowers

We vacationed for a month and returned to find a 5-foot tall weed. I keep waiting for it to flower to help identify it, but the flower buds just sit there unopened. This is American burnweed, and you’ve noticed the most interesting thing about it: the flowers don’t have petals. …

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Garden Q&A: How to control stiltgrass

My front lawn has been overtaken by Japanese stiltgrass. It’s making serious inroads in my backyard, and this year it exploded in my woods. I much prefer the moss and clover that used to grow in my yard! Other than mowing stiltgrass before it flowers and drops seed, and waiting …

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Garden Q&A: Getting rid of tree of heaven, a lanternfly magnet

With the spotted lanternfly threatening from Pennsylvania, I don’t want to have one of those trees of heaven that attracts them! I’m terrible at identifying trees. How can I avoid having the neighborhood magnet for these pests? Tree of heaven itself is an Asian invasive pest, and now we have …

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Garden Q&A: How to go hunting for Asiatic garden beetles or earwigs

Our purple coneflowers bloom and within 24 hours the petals disappear! It’s been a problem for years. We’ve sprayed for slugs and bugs. We dug up all the flowers several times and put in new soil. Nothing works! I hate to turn the bed into grass, since bees and butterflies …

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Garden Q&A: Spiderworts come in all shades of purple, pink, red, white

We just moved into our house this spring. A flower has been blooming for over a month in my garden. Could you identify it for me? Spiderwort is a perennial that is native to Maryland, but there are many species, all from this hemisphere. They will interbreed, so we can’t …

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