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

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

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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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 11 — Hardy Roses

November 11, 2012 |

While many Minnesotans grow hybrid tea roses for their incomparable beauty, hardy shrub roses will grow well in almost any sunny yard and are one of the great plants for northern gardens. By hardy, we mean roses that grow in USDA Zones 3 or 4 with little or no covering through the winter. They should…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 10 — Black Chokeberry

November 10, 2012 |

Trees and shrubs form the backbone of many gardens. Coming in a variety of sizes and often providing multiple season interest, shrubs work well in foundation plantings, perennial borders or as hedges. For a sunny to partially shady site with wet or dry soil, one of the best of the shrubs is black chokeberry (…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 9 — Foamflower

November 9, 2012 |

Foamflower (Tiarella) makes a great addition to any shady garden. In the right place, this native of the forest floor will carpet an area with intriguing foliage and provide pretty white blooms in spring. If you don’t want a trailing plant, foamflower also comes in clumping varieties, which are more inclined to stay put in…

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