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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

You can rely on these landscape plants

By Cindy Hoedel


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Before you drive to the garden center to load up on new landscaping plants, take a drive around town.

The key to great-looking, no-fuss gardens is to stick with proven success stories. There's a reason Midwest gardens are full of peonies, bridal wreath spirea, day lilies, iris and zinnias. They work. They can take the blast-furnace heat and drought conditions of high summer and the frigid, drying winds of winter.

For wise weekend gardeners, common is good and rare is bad. (For passionate expert gardeners, the opposite is true. They want unusual plants no one else has, and they are willing to nurture them. That's just not in the cards for me at this point in my life. My husband, kids, dogs and job use up all the nurturing I've got.)

Recently I decided to plant clematis in a brass tub with a 5-foot iron obelisk on top. Last year I grew morning glories in the tub, and eventually they covered the obelisk, but I figured clematis would cover it faster. And since clematis is perennial, I wouldn't have to replant the tub each year - if I picked the right one.

Clematis scare the daylights out of beginning gardeners, with good reason. Ask around, and probably every gardener you know has had at least one clematis die on them. But success with clematis doesn't require elaborate bed preparation and maintenance rituals. It just takes restraint.

You have to be able to resist exotic varieties, the ones whose pictures look so beautiful on the tags, and instead choose the same purple variety everyone grows: Jackmanii. Jackmanii is like the shy guy in high school who was no good at whispering sweet nothings in your ear, but who also never stood you up or flirted with your sister.

Here are some other reliable picks for our area, courtesy of Midwest Top 10 Garden Guide (Sunset, $20):

Clematis: Jackmanii, Nelly Moser (the pink-and-white striped one that you see most in this area, next to purple Jackmanii ) and Niobe (rich crimson blooms)

Other vines: Sweet autumn clematis (a rambling, woody vine more like honeysuckle, with clouds of tiny white flowers in September); Hall's honeysuckle (fragrant and rambling); heavenly blue and Grandpa Ott's morning glories

Shrubs: Bridal wreath spirea; Ludwig Spaeth lilac (old-fashioned huge bush with reddish-purple blooms), Miss Kim lilac (5-foot-tall compact bush with pale purple blooms); fragrant snowball viburnum and Korean spice viburnum (both with fragrant white blossoms)

Perennials: Day lilies (especially Stella d'Oro); peonies; hostas

Annuals for sun: Zinnias; verbena; poppies and petunias

Annuals for shade: Impatiens and coleus

This list isn't comprehensive, but it has all you need for nice looking flower beds. If you have other no-fail favorites to share, send me an e-mail and I'll include them in a future column. Because the shy, reliable types deserve more attention.

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Cindy Hoedel is a columnist for The Kansas City Star.. Send a note by clicking here.



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