Resource Hub Home Plants Growing Food Garden Solutions Seasonal Guide Community Resources Blogs, Books, Podcasts... Plants Annuals How to Start Annuals from Seed Starting annuals from seed can be easy and fun! Orange Annuals Add Oopmh! Sprinkle in bright-flowering annuals and watch your garden pop. Summertime Joy: Sunflowers Sunflowers are not only beautiful to the eye; they're also a wonderful addition to your edible garden. 5 Easiest Annuals to Start from Seed Here are some of the easiest annuals to start from seed. Plant Profile: Annual Salvia Like watching hummingbirds and other pollinators visit your garden? Plant annual salvia. Plant Profile: Spotted Jewelweed With nectar-rich flowers, this true annual is a favorite among hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Perennials Planting Perennials in Fall Find out about the benefits (and a few drawbacks) of planting perennials in the fall. Amazing Allium Webinar Learn how to grow this showstopper in your own garden. Astounding Astilbe Webinar This remarkable, easy-to-grow perennial will brighten up any shade garden. Perennial Salvia Cultivars Easy to grow, low-maintenance and long bloomers, perennial salvia brighten up full- to part-sun spots. Salivating for Salvia Webinar Mary Maguire Lerman shares her favorite varieties and reasons why you should weave more salvia into your own garden beds. Goldenrod and Asters Author Rhonda Fleming Haye discusses why these two native perennials are a vital pollinator pairing. Garden Solutions: Perennial Tulips Check out these options for planting perennial tulips in your garden. American Gold Rush Rudbeckia This Black-Eyed Susan cultivar is a disease-resistant perennial with beautiful blooms in late summer and early fall. A mainstay for northern gardens! Astilbe Cultivars These hardy, long-blooming perennials are a colorful addition to any part- to full-shade garden. Growing Lilies Webinar Landscape designer William Dougherty shares his favorite varieties of lilies and tips for growing them. Raucous Rudbeckia Webinar There's a reason why so many plant this sunny showstopper. Plant to Pick: 'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem Often called the "monarch of the prairie," this native grass is a wonderful addition to perennial gardens. Plant Profile: Cardinal Flower With brilliant red flowers, this native perennial adds a pop of color to late-summer landscapes. Ornamental Onion Cultivars Learn about three ornamental onion cultivars that are easy to grow and extend your garden's bloom time. Plant Profile: Purple Prairie Clover Take a closer look at this summer-blooming, perennial plant and its growing conditions. Shrubs 5 Perennials That Act Like Shrubs Consider these northern perennials the next time you are looking for a shrub. Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color You can have a fantastic fall color display in your yard simply by choosing a variety of trees and shrubs. Plant Profile: Viburnum Viburnum is a lovely group of shrubs year-round, but our appreciation for them always soars in fall. Iceberg Alley Sageleaf Willow This small shrub is easy to grow and will brighten any garden with its silvery foliage. Plant Profile: Tree Form Hydrangea Hydrangeas...shrub or tree? Or perhaps both? Learn more about how to grow and maintain this beautiful plant as a tree. How to Slash and Plant Shrubs Shrubs that have been in pots all winter are ready to go in the ground, but they need a little slashing before you plant them. How to Plant the Right Size Shrub When planning a landscape, one of the most important considerations is the mature size of shrubs, trees and perennials. Plant Profile: Magic Magnolias Magnolias are wonderful small trees or shrubs, which can work as spring-flowering plants for gardens in the southern half of Minnesota, as well as areas along Lake Superior. Plant to Pick: Summer Crush Hydrangea macrophylla With brilliant raspberry-red blooms, consider planting this shrub that can tolerate colder growing zones. Hardy Roses for Northern Gardeners Despite a popular belief that roses are often challenging to grow, these fourteen roses thrive in northern gardens. Trees Plant Profile: Gingko Tree This tough urban tree can handle salt, makes a perfect boulevard tree and offers stunning fall color and an unusual leaf shape. Pruning Hydrangeas The Impatient Gardener demonstrates how to prune panicle and smooth hydrangeas. Plant Profile: Redbud Tree It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing the soft pink clouds of bloom that surround the Minnesota-hardy redbuds that are so popular here in the North. Plant Profile: Parkland Pillar Birch This newer birch tree is a great choice for a vertical accent, and also tolerates Zone 3 well. Real vs. Fake and Minnesota's State Tree The debate to have a real or fake holiday tree goes back to the 1930s. When and Why You Prune Trees Pruning is one of those gardening topics that has an air of mystery about it. When to prune trees? Why do you prune trees? Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color You can have a fantastic fall color display in your yard simply by choosing a variety of trees and shrubs. Vegetables 6 Tips for New Vegetable Gardeners Just starting out? We can help. Handling, Harvesting and Storing Veggies Find the most effective ways to enjoy homegrown asparagus, beans, cabbage and other crops. Why Grow Tomatoes in Containers Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider growing tomatoes in a container. Tips for Growing Garlic A guide to growing garlic, plus tips on harvesting, storage, and more. Grow Lettuce Longer: Tips for Extending the Season Lettuce is a fast and steady crop to grow and harvest throughout the season. How to Grow Horseradish Check out this comprehensive guide to growing this perennial root vegetable. Plant Profile: Sweet Potato Though sweet potato plants are known to love heat, learn how it's possible to successfully grow sweet potatoes in colder climates. Shade Tolerant Vegetables Got shade? Don't let that stop you from growing your own vegetables. Winter Sowing Vegetable Seeds See how you can use inexpensive mini greenhouses to start vegetables from seed. Organic Edibles for Small Spaces Join the growing trend—try growing fruits and vegetables on patios and decks, in containers and small plots. Vegetables to Plant for a Fall Harvest Hoping to continue your garden's bounty? Learn about what to vegetables to plant towards the end of the summer for a fall harvest. Plant Profile: The Humble Radish A helpful guide to growing this hardy spring vegetable in your garden. Spotlight on Kohlrabi Read this article and you'll soon be wondering why you haven't yet grown this funky vegetable in your garden.. Fruits Grow a Rainbow of Tomatoes Our Community Programs Director, Courtney Tchida, has grown hundreds of varieties in cold-climates. Learn her favorite kinds and growing tips for best flavor. Growing Day Neutral Strawberries Webinar Strawberry plants that produce fruit all summer long? They exist and you can grow them in the Upper Midwest! Learn how. Organic Edibles for Small Spaces Join the growing trend—grow fruits and vegetables on patios and decks, in containers and small plots. Apple Tree Pruning Made Easy Learn how to prune your tree, look for disease and dead limbs and get as many apples as possible. Growing Fruits in Minnesota Fruits are perennials, so they require a bit more commitment than vegetables. That said, they can still be well worth the effort. Caring for Espalier Fruit Trees Learn how espalier creates functional, edible art on your landscape. How to Grow Pears Hardy pear trees grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 and 4—and they can be even easier to manage than their relative, the apple! Herbs Preserving Herbs: Ideas and Infusions From pestos to herb vinegars, here are 4 ways to preserve herbs this winter. Disease Resistant Basils Basil Downy Mildew disease and a desire for something different have led gardeners to search for disease resistant varieties of basil. Growing Patchouli One of the more unusual herbs shown at the Minnesota State Fair is patchouli, a tender perennial that is often used in perfumes and is grown for its fragrant leaves. Plant Profile: Lovely Lemon Balm Learn about this aromatic, easy-to-grow herb and its many uses both in and outside the kitchen. Plant Profile: Dill Dill is a wonderful addition to your herb garden; it's easy to grow, beautiful, and a cooking staple. Plant Herbs for Pollinators Herbs are great plants for butterfly larvae, and they're a favorite of bees and other pollinators as well. Plant Profile: Dill Dill is a delight to grow because it blesses you in two ways: with its exquisite beauty and its extensive culinary uses. Plant Profile: Lavender With its deep purple flowers and scented foliage, lavender is a dream plant for many northern gardeners. Plant Profile: Anise Hyssop This biennial herb is a popular choice among pollinators, birds, and northern gardeners. Plant Spotlight: Wild Ginger Often found growing in deciduous forests, this ground cover plant is a great companion to other woodland plants. Bulbs Spring and Summer Bulbs Webinar Northern gardening guru Mike Heger shares tips for successfully growing bulbs in your garden. Growing Dahlias in Minnesota Minneapolis pro "Dahlia Del" shares his top tips for growing these garden stunners in a cold-climate. Plant Profile: Canna Lilies Canna Lily is a stunner of a plant! Growing from a rhizome rather than bulb, this plant is an annual in colder climates. Growing Bulbs, Tubers and Bare Roots Tips and tricks for storing and planting... Growing Summer Bulbs Webinar Try sprinkling bulbs throughout your garden for splashes of color. Here are some tips for planting and growing healthy bulbs. Houseplants Top Picks from the Plant Penthouse Minneapolis-based plant mama Shayla Owodunni shares her top three houseplant picks and care tips for each. 5 Easy Houseplants for Beginners Here are five easy houseplants that are perfect for absolute beginning gardeners—and a bonus list for those slightly more advanced. Tips for Moving Houseplants Indoors for Winter Helpful advice for a smooth transition as houseplants head indoors for the winter. 10 Safe Houseplants for Cats and Dogs These common indoor plants are safe for our four-legged friends. African Violets: Make More Plants African violets. Could a name sound more magical? Though sometimes pegged as stuffy and old-fashioned, they are enchanting, easy-care bloomers. Plant Profile: String of Hearts This beautiful succulent is a wonderful houseplant known for its heart-shaped leaves and vining stems.