When Is It Too Late to Plant?

We got a question over on another blog post about whether it was too late to plant now. Despite our gloomy, cold, snowy (ugh!) October, it is not really too late to plant most trees, perennials and shrubs until the ground is frozen. As I explained on an earlier blog post, I once had an…

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Fall Decor Ideas

It’s been a warm autumn, but with frost having hit most of the state and leaves turning (and falling!) rapidly, we cannot deny that fall is upon us. It’s not too late to bring on the pumpkins, mums and ornamental cabbage! There are many delightful ideas for fall decor and some of them are very…

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Fall Bulb Planting: Top Three Things to Remember

It seems we write about planting bulbs in fall every year, and there’s a reason for that. Even if you have a good display of bulbs in your garden, bulbs sometimes peter out after a few years. So, it’s a good idea to refresh your display from time to time—plus, the more the merrier with…

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Five Garden Classes to Brighten Your Fall

We have a variety of classes this fall to help you decorate your home for the upcoming season, learn new skills and get answers to those nagging garden questions left over from this gardening season. Here are five garden classes to brighten your fall. Explore the Art of Japanese Flower Arranging, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7…

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Four Unexpected and Lovely Fall Perennials

Fall can be stunning in the northern garden, with ornamental grasses, sedum and asters taking center stage and complimenting the changing foliage of trees and shrubs. As delightful as they are, it’s the unexpected fall beauties that I’ve been noticing recently. Here are four perennials to consider adding to your garden for fall interest: Amsonia…

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Fall Northern Gardener Available

You can’t miss the September/October 2017 issue of Northern Gardener, which is on newsstands now with big, beautiful, orange dahlias on the cover. The photo, from regular contributor Tracy Walsh, is of ‘Big Orange’ dahlias from Two Pony Gardens, a garden specializing in heirloom tomatoes and dahlias. Tracy profiles the gardens and their owner, Lisa…

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The November Garden

The fall season seems to be growing longer in Minnesota the past few years, with some parts of the Twin Cities not experiencing frost until late in October. (There’s a 50 percent chance the first frost in Minneapolis will be before Oct. 5.) Still, by the time you get to November, the garden is spent,…

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Fall Garden Clean-Up: The Basics

Fall garden clean-up isn’t my favorite chore, but it’s something that can be done in a bare-minimum way or more thoroughly. I know some gardeners like to cut down every perennial and pull every annual and practically vacuum their beds, but I think it’s a good idea to leave some perennials untouched for winter interest.…

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Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color

According to the color watchers in Minnesota, this week marks the peak of fall color in central and southern Minnesota. Most of northern Minnesota is past peak already. Maples, birches and other northern-hardy trees along with many deciduous shrubs are lighting up yards and roadways around the state with their last blast of color before…

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Fall Planting: How Late Can You Go?

Fall is a great time for planting, though as we get past mid-October, the question is how late in fall can you plant? Many years ago, I had an entire landscape installed in the first week of November! When I asked the landscaper about whether late fall planting was a good idea, he assured me…

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