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Plant Profile: Tree Peony

When does a peony behave like a shrub? That’s not a riddle, and the answer is when it is a tree peony—a gorgeous shrub-like peony that blooms about two weeks…

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Plant Profile: Lilac

Does any plant say spring in northern gardens quite like lilacs? With their lush scent and pretty purple or white blooms, lilacs reach their peak in late May to early…

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Don’t Miss These Great Plant Sales

This coming weekend marks the beginning of plant sale season here in Minnesota. Plant sales sponsored by garden clubs, Master Gardener groups or local charities are great places to find…

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May/June Northern Gardener on News Stands Now

Getting excited about your 2015 garden? Be sure to check out the May/June issue of Northern Gardener, which is on news stands beginning today. The May/June issue is our largest…

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Hot Off the Press: Essential Perennials

By Ruth Rogers Clausen and Thomas Christopher An attractive reference guide, Essential Perennials (Timber Press, 2015) makes weeding through hundreds of plant options a bit less bewildering and would make…

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Learn About Straw Bale Gardening Saturday

Joel Karsten has been teaching about the benefits of straw bale gardening for several years now,l starting with the publication of his first book on the topic. His revised, updated book,…

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Plant Profile: Magic Magnolias

Magnolias are wonderful small trees or shrubs, which despite their southern connections, can work as spring-flowering plants for gardens in USDA Zone 4 — about the southern half of Minnesota,…

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Slash and Plant Shrubs

Early spring is a great time to plant new shrubs and perennials, and if you check your local nursery, you may even find some bargains. Shrubs that have been in…