The July/August 2018 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands with a new look for its cover and great garden information inside. We’ve changed the typeface and overall look of the cover to show off the garden photography that is inside the magazine. This month’s cover features a deep purple, almost black daylily called ‘Sir Mordred’. The image was photographed by Michelle Mero Riedel for her article on “Black Plants,” highlighting those shrubs, perennials and annuals that have nearly black foliage and blooms.
Elsewhere in the issue, Terry Yockey introduces readers to Kerin Merick, a Rochester landscaper whose home garden is situated on a hilly site. Kerin has used careful design and plant selection to tame the hillside and create a beautiful, fairly low maintenance garden.
Samantha Johnson tells readers about five long-season vegetables that are worth trying in northern gardens and are definitely “worth the wait.”
This summer, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Minnesota Green, an MSHS program that links community gardens with plant suppliers. Thanks to the generous donations of many Minnesota nurseries, plant wholesalers and garden centers, MSHS has been able to help more than 1,200 community gardens over the years. In 2017 alone, more than $165,000 in plant material was donated through the program. We mark this significant anniversary with an article about the value of Minnesota Green by Julie Jensen.
Midsummer is when garden problems start to emerge and this issue tackles two of them: the long-standing problem of shrubs and trees that overgrow their space and create jungle-like conditions around the front door and white mold, an emerging disease that can destroy your annual plants. Check out the magazine for suggestions for dealing with these problems.
As usual, Northern Gardener has lots of info from our columnists — I particularly recommend Elizabeth Millard’s column on grilling vegetables. I tried her grilled romaine recipe over the weekend and it was fantastic!