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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 5 — Ligularia

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 5, 2012 |

If you have a damp garden or a pond and you want a plant with impact, you cannot do better than ligularia. Several species of ligularia grow well in the North, providing interest with their large, kidney-shaped leaves and tall spikes of yellow flowers. Ligularia bloom for several weeks in the mid to late summer, but…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 4 — Turtlehead

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 4, 2012 |

Turtlehead (Chelone) gets its name from its unusually shaped flowers, which resemble the head of a snapping turtle. There are several species of turtlehead, including Chelone glabra, a Minnesota native wildflower with white flowers and deep green foliage and Chelone lyonii, sometimes called pink chelone, which is not native to Minnesota. Turtlehead grows best in…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 3 — Northern Lights Azaleas

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 3, 2012 |

In early spring, gardeners are hungry for color, and one of the best ways to get that color is by planting spring flowering shrubs. Northern Lights azaleas are rock-solid hardy members of the rhododendron genus that were bred at the University of Minnesota. The Northern Lights azaleas come in a variety of pink, white, salmon…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 2—Black Hills Spruce

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 2, 2012 |

Winters in the North can be wimpy or wild, but no matter how severe or mild, winter will be here for a long, long time. That stretch between November and April almost requires that northern gardeners add evergreens to their landscapes to provide color and texture to the winter scene. The list of evergreen options…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 1— Peonies

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 1, 2012 |

Many gardeners look forward to November, a time when the northern garden is mostly put to bed and you can relax with a cup of tea and a sense of satisfaction about the season just finished. It’s also a time when your garden from the previous year is fresh in your mind and you can…

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