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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 15 — Native Columbine

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 15, 2012 |

Native columbine (Aquilegia canadenis) is a native wildflower of the eastern United States. It’s also known as wild columbine or Canada columbine and provides an early spot of color in the springtime shade garden. A reliable self-seeder, though not in a troublesome way, its delicate, dangling blooms of red petals with yellow stamens often turn…

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Give to the Max for Future Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 14, 2012 |

Thursday is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, a once-a-year effort to raise money for the great nonprofits in our state. The Minnesota State Horticulture Society has been around for 145 years, but when talking with members, subscribers and donors about giving to the hort society, our staff and board focus on the future.…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 14, Serviceberry

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 14, 2012 |

Serviceberry (Amelanchier) is a very hardy Minnesota native plant that can be grown as a large shrub or a small tree. Sometimes called juneberry, this is one of the great plants for northern gardens because it requires little care, is highly adaptable and provides structure and three-season interest to the garden. There are several types…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 13 — Blue Heaven Bluestem

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 13, 2012 |

Many gardeners in Minnesota know Dr. Mary Meyer, former interim head of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, extension and outreach horticulturist and expert in ornamental grasses. We were excited this past weekend to see Mary receive the 6th Annual Terrace Award from Terrace Horticultural Books, the St. Paul bookstore devoted to all things horticultural. (This store…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 12 — Fleece Flower

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 12, 2012 |

Giant fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha) is an underused perennial that is a real showstopper in the garden. Quick to establish, within two to three years of planting it sends shoots up 5 feet. In late spring they will start bearing masses of creamy white flowers. Fleece flower continues to bloom profusely all summer, the flowers…

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