August is the season when prairie plants, including the many pretty purple prairie plants, bloom. We’ve seen purple prairie clovers, Joe Pye weed, anise hyssop and lots of purple coneflowers in bloom this past week. Prairie plants are wonderful for attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. What prairie plants are blooming in your garden?

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One of the MSHS Facebook fans requested that we put up a list of all the 30 great plants for northern gardens that we profiled in November. The list is below, but one thing we realized in working through this month of great plants is how many wonderful options we northern gardeners have. Which of…

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If you have a rain garden or want to care for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies or other insects, plant Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum). It provides height at the back of prairie-style borders, looks wonderful in cottage gardens and can handle wet soils, making it  one of the great plants for northern gardens. Joe-Pye weed…

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