Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 27 — Hostas

November 27, 2012 |

If ever there was a collector plant for northern gardens, hosta would be it. We have met many gardeners with 100, 200, 300, sometimes more varieties of hostas growing in their Minnesota gardens. The reasons for hosta’s popularity are understandable: toughness, ease of care and variety, variety, variety. Toughness: Hostas are generally hardy to USDA…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 26 — Techny and Technito Arborvitae

November 26, 2012 |

It’s happened to many gardeners and homeowners. You plant a trio of cute little shrubs in front of your house. Three years later, you’re hacking your way through the brush to get to the door. What happened? Nothing. You’re shrubs just grew to their intended size, and like children that go from pint-sized to six-footers…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 25 — Joe Pye Weed

November 25, 2012 |

If you have a rain garden or want to care for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies or other insects, plant Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum). It provides height at the back of prairie-style borders, looks wonderful in cottage gardens and can handle wet soils, making it  one of the great plants for northern gardens. Joe-Pye weed…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 24 — Asiatic and Oriental Lilies

November 24, 2012 |

There are nine classes of lilies, according to the North American Lily Society, and all of them are lovely. But, for northern gardeners, the two most commonly planted classes are the Asiatic and Oriental lilies — both of which are great plants for northern gardens. Both types perform well in the garden, if given full…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 23 — Groundcovers

November 23, 2012 |

Today is Black Friday — so take a break from the insanity and the materialism, and think about a lush carpet of fragrant thyme beneath your feet, a bright patch of lamium or lamb’s ears surrounding your perennials with foliage and flowers; and the heart-shaped leaves of wild ginger hiding a tiny bloom that you…

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