Plant Profile: Parkland Pillar Birch

This article by Debbie Lonnee appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Savvy northern gardeners know that winter is a gardening season and plants that enhance our long, snowy winters are a welcome addition to our landscape. Evergreen foliage, colorful shrubby stems, berries and bark color are all attributes of plants that stand…

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Plant to Pick: ‘Blackhawks’ Big Bluestem

This article by Debbie Lonnee originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Ornamental grasses add height and texture to our gardens. ‘Blackhawks’ big bluestem also adds exceptional fall (and summer) colors to the perennial garden. Many northern gardeners have cultivars of little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) in their gardens. Much breeding work over…

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Goldenrod and Asters

This article by Rhonda Fleming Haye originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Salt and pepper. Batman and Robin. Spaghetti and meatballs. Rhythm and blues. Goldenrod and asters. What? Allow me some alliteration when I say goldenrod and asters are a perfect pairing of powerhouse plants for pollinators. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of…

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Plant Profile: Lovely Lemon Balm

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. As your eyes drift across the garden, you might not immediately notice the bushy herb with the jagged-edged leaves. It’s easy to overlook amongst the sunflowers and the summer squash and the snapdragons. But let’s take a closer look at…

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Plant Profile: Anise Hyssop

This article by Beth Stetenfield first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Anise hyssop is a tactile plant; soft to the touch when in full bloom and as it develops seeds. It also appeals to the other senses—the scent of the foliage is reminiscent of licorice and is used in teas, jams,…

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Plant Profile: Cardinal Flower

This article by Lynn Steiner first appeared September/October 2019 issue of Northern Gardner. Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) gets its name from the brilliant red flowers that grow in an elongated cluster atop the stems, midsummer through early fall. The tubular flowers are two-lipped, with the three lobes of the lower lip appearing more prominent than…

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Ornamental Onion Cultivars

This article by Debbie Lonnee first appeared January/February 2020 issue of the Northern Gardener.  The genus Allium (commonly known as onion) consists of several species that many northern gardeners know well, most commonly chives which have been used for eons in cooking. But, in recent years, there has been an explosion of ornamental onion cultivars.…

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Tips for Growing Garlic (and a Recipe)

This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener.  Plant garlic this fall and thank yourself later as you enjoy fresh pesto, quiches and other garlic-filled dishes next summer.  Growing garlic is easy and fun. Plant the garlic cloves outside in October so roots can develop before the ground freezes, and then…

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Hardscaping and Garden Tours After Quarantine

By Hannah Dove Koi Fish, Little Villages, and An Art Deco Sewer Pipe As the earth transitions from virtual garden tours back to physical ones, a lush planet comes out of quarantine. With the St. Anthony Park Garden Tour, 10 houses were spotlighted for their floriculture. However, what truly caught my eye on the garden…

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Northern Natives: Whorled Milkweed

This article by Beth Stetenfeld originally appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Most gardeners are aware that monarch butterflies benefit when we plant milkweed in our gardens. All species in the Asclepias genus are host plants for monarchs—they lay their eggs on the plants and the hatched caterpillars then feed on the…

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