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The bright pink blooms on the rhododendron really pop and complement the  blue hosta. Out of bloom season, the hosta is a calm underplant for the rhododendron.

Everything Looks Good Next to a Blue Hosta

  I had a chance over the weekend to travel to Toronto in Canada for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. This three-day event involves lots and lots of touring of…

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Vicky Vogels (rear) assists Kyra, Linda and Jenny as they register for the plant show.

Spotlight on the State Fair Plant Show

Have you ever considered entering the Minnesota State Fair plant show sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society? It’s a fun event and a great way to share your gardening…

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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…

Straw bales ready to be planted.

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,…