What to Plant in October

what to plant in october

In October, many gardeners’ thoughts turn to clean-up and buttoning down for winter. But don’t scrub your trowel just yet—many plants thrive when planted in the fall, even in the North, and our weather for the first 10 days of the month looks lovely. Here are a few to add to your shopping list to…

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Shrubs to Plant Near Black Black Walnut

My massive black walnut tree has behavior issues. With the help of hordes of nut-addled squirrels, it drops a mess of debris and stains the concrete with hulls and shells. I hold my breath when people walk their dogs or kids through the alley, fearing someone will get beaned by a nut. My neighbor calls…

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Plant Profile: All-American Yew

American yew is not planted often because it is toxic to humans and animals, but for those who do plant it, it can handle all our cold weather and it welcomes birds. As with all yews, American yew is toxic to humans and certain animals, including cattle, horses and dogs. American yew is not toxic…

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Plant Profile: Elderberry

A mature elderberry bush can provide you with ample sprays of elderflowers for making delicately flavored treats and syrup as well as a bountiful harvest of berries for baking and tea. The elder bush’s plentiful flowers provide two other reasons to welcome this plant to your landscape: It’s absolutely stunning in bloom in early summer,…

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Plant Profile: Highbush Cranberry

Highbush cranberry is a good choice for the edges of either a woodland or a sunny garden. It seems to find its sweet spot where an open area meets tall trees. Known by many common names, including American cranberry bush, crampbark tree, dog rowan tree, rose elder, wild gueldes-rose, gaiter tree, love rose and many…

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Iceberg Alley Sageleaf Willow

Many recent shrub introductions have offered northern gardeners colorful foliage to accent their gardens. Whether it is the reds or purples of ninebark, the chartreuse of spirea or sumac, or a great variegated dogwood, foliage can brighten up our gardens all season long. Until recently, we’ve not had shrubs with silver foliage. We have some…

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Plant to Pick: Summer Crush Hydrangea macrophylla

Twenty years ago, northern gardeners didn’t consider using Hydrangea macrophylla, commonly known as bigleaf hydrangea, in their gardens. While many cultivars were crown hardy in USDA Zone 4, bigleaf hydrangea formed flower buds in autumn, which usually froze over the winter, resulting in plants with no flowers in early summer. That all changed in 2004…

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Hardy Roses for Northern Gardeners

Nestled in the northwest corner of Oak Tree Park in Dilworth, Minn., lies a bed of roses that visitors have enjoyed since 2010. The roses provide more than just beauty, however. They also provide critical data on disease and insect tolerance and winter survival in the harsh conditions of northern and western Minnesota. Roses are…

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Planting in Summer? Rough Up Those Roots!

While most gardeners like to plant in spring or fall, you can find lots of deals on perennials, shrubs and even trees during the time from mid-June to September. But planting in summer works, too. As long as you are careful to water, most plants will do just fine if planted in mid-summer. But here’s…

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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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