Plant Profile: Little Bluestem

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association chooses a “plant of the year.” It’s a great way to highlight plants that consistently grow well in gardens all over North America. (Amsonia is one of our favorites from the past.) This year’s plant of year is a beautiful native grass,  little bluestem. This native of the prairie…

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Great Grasses for Minnesota Gardens

Some time ago, a blog reader asked us to suggest ornamental grasses for Minnesota gardens. Since parts of Minnesota were once part of the “sea of grass” of the Great Plains, grasses look natural here and are well-adapted to our climate and soils. They are a great addition to most Minnesota gardens. Grasses are easy…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 13 — Blue Heaven Bluestem

Many gardeners in Minnesota know Dr. Mary Meyer, former interim head of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, extension and outreach horticulturist and expert in ornamental grasses. We were excited this past weekend to see Mary receive the 6th Annual Terrace Award from Terrace Horticultural Books, the St. Paul bookstore devoted to all things horticultural. (This store…

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