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And, A Few Not-So-Great Plants

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 5, 2012 |

For the month of November, we offered up a list of 30 great plants for northern gardens. Many readers seemed to agree with the choices, but what about those not-so-great plants? Northern Gardener publisher Tom McKusick offers his list of plants he will never grow again here: “Hollyhocks, foxglove, lupine, delphinium, hardy mum, astilbe, coreopsis,…

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30 Great Plants for Northern Gardens: The Complete List

By Mary Lahr Schier | December 4, 2012 |

One of the MSHS Facebook fans requested that we put up a list of all the 30 great plants for northern gardens that we profiled in November. The list is below, but one thing we realized in working through this month of great plants is how many wonderful options we northern gardeners have. Which of…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 30, Heuchera

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 30, 2012 |

Whew! We’ve made it through the month of November identifying 30 (actually a few more than that) great plants for northern gardens. We’ll finish up with a wonderful perennial to grow for its foliage — coral bells or Heuchera. Like coneflower,┬áheuchera has been the subject of a lot of breeding work, resulting in dozens of…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 29, Globe Flower

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 29, 2012 |

Globe flower (Trollius) is one of my favorite garden perennials because of its adaptability. It grows well in both part shade and sunny borders, and though it prefers relatively moist soil conditions and is often recommended for pond or stream-side sites, or poorly draining clay soils, it also adapts well to sandy, well-draining soil as…

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Best Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 28 — Hydrangea

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 28, 2012 |

By midsummer, many of the flowering shrubs in the northern garden have finished their show. The lilacs, azaleas, spirea and fruit shrubs have mostly settled down for the season. This is when hydrangeas shine, adding brightness and big puffs of bloom to gardens. Those blooms later turn brown, but they continue to add beauty to…

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