The LeGrand Pioneer Heritage Library will present "Gardening Know-how with Richard Jauron" on Thursday, April 18. The 6:30 PM program is "Low-maintenance Perennials" and the 7:30 PM program is "Under-utilized Shrubs". "The secret to finding low-maintenance perennial plants is a simple as matching the perennials you plant to your growing conditions", according to Iowa State University Department of Horticulture's Richard Jauron. "While all perennials require attention, those adapted to your garden's light, moisture, soil pH and climate will need less of it. Some perennials, however, are tough enough to handle a range of conditions. These plants perform well even for inexperienced gardeners."
Perennials are plants that live three or more years, die in the ground each fall and return in the spring. Perennials can be grown in nearly any garden location sunny, shady, wet, dry, border or background. All perennials require some maintenance. Watering, fertilizing, pinching, staking, deadheading, dividing and providing winter protection are common maintenance chores. Some perennials require frequent attention through the growing season. Others require minimal care and will be discussed in this program.
Shrubs are integral components of a home landscape. Shrubs can be used as hedges, screens, barriers, groundcovers, foundation plantings, and backgrounds for other plants. They can also be used as accent or specimen plants. Shrubs also provide food and shelter for birds and wildlife.
Many shrubs have attractive flowers, fruits, foliage, or bark. Some shrubs are rather one dimensional. For example, forsythias have attractive yellow flowers in early spring, but provide little ornamental interest the remainder of the year. Other shrubs possess several ornamental features and provide multi-seasonal interest.
These programs are free and open to the public. The library is located at 204 N. Vine Street (in the City Park) in LeGrand. For questions on this program call (641) 479-2122.