Plant Profile: Cardinal Flower

This article by Lynn Steiner first appeared September/October 2019 issue of Northern Gardner. Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) gets its name from the brilliant red flowers that grow in an elongated cluster atop the stems, midsummer through early fall. The tubular flowers are two-lipped, with the three lobes of the lower lip appearing more prominent than…

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Growing Perennials in Containers

Growing perennials in containers makes sense for northern gardeners for a lot of reasons. Sometimes you have a plant you want to add to the garden, but aren’t sure exactly where it should go. Other times, you may know where you want the plant to be placed but because of heat (about which we know…

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Garden Solutions: Perennial Tulips

This article by Laura Schwarz first appeared in the September/October 2020 edition of the Northern Gardener  Perennial Tulips Most tulips frustrate me. Planting them is a lot of work and the task produces absolutely no instant gratification. You dig a hole, place the bulbs and bury them, with no results for several months. If you…

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