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Garden Solutions: Perennial Tulips

May 13, 2021 |

This article by Laura Schwarz first appeared in the September/October 2020 edition of the Northern Gardener  Perennial Tulips Most tulips frustrate me. Planting them is a lot of work and the task produces absolutely no instant gratification. You dig a hole, place the bulbs and bury them, with no results for several months. If you…

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Plant Profile: Monarda Punctata

May 13, 2021 |

This article by Beth Stetenfield first appeared in the May/June 2020 edition of the Northern Gardener. Spotted beebalm is a guaranteed pollinator magnet. Add it to your garden or property and you will see pollinators—butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees, hummingbird moths, hummingbirds and others. While it’s a biennial or short-lived perennial, it readily self-seeds and naturalizes when…

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Plant Profile: Tree Form Hydrangea

May 13, 2021 |

This article on tree form hydrangeas by Debbie Lonnee appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Nothing adds color to the late summer landscape more than Hydrangea paniculata, also known as panicle hydrangea. It is one of the hardiest species of hydrangea we can grow in Minnesota. Rather than highlight one of the…

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Spotlight on Kohlrabi

May 12, 2021 |

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Why don’t more people grow kohlrabi? I mean, what’s not to like? It’s easy to grow, it’s tasty in a multitude of recipes, it comes in beautiful colors, and it’s one of the most unusual-looking vegetables you’ll ever find. And…

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Savoring Summer Squash

May 12, 2021 |

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. It’s a splendid summer day. The sky is a brilliant blue and the sun shines with warmth in its golden glow. A few wispy clouds blow by, pushed by a gentle breeze. You’re out in the garden, surrounded by the…

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