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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 15 — Native Columbine

Native columbine (Aquilegia canadenis) is a native wildflower of the eastern United States. It’s also known as wild columbine or Canada columbine and provides an early spot of color in…

Give to the Max for Future Gardeners

Thursday is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, a once-a-year effort to raise money for the great nonprofits in our state. The Minnesota State Horticulture Society has been around…

amelenchier leavis flower

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 14, Serviceberry

Serviceberry (Amelanchier) is a very hardy Minnesota native plant that can be grown as a large shrub or a small tree. Sometimes called juneberry, this is one of the great…

Blue heaven

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…

Giant fleece flower

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 12 — Fleece Flower

Giant fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha) is an underused perennial that is a real showstopper in the garden. Quick to establish, within two to three years of planting it sends shoots…

Sven rose

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 11 — Hardy Roses

While many Minnesotans grow hybrid tea roses for their incomparable beauty, hardy shrub roses will grow well in almost any sunny yard and are one of the great plants for…

chokeberry in winter

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 10 — Black Chokeberry

Trees and shrubs form the backbone of many gardens. Coming in a variety of sizes and often providing multiple season interest, shrubs work well in foundation plantings, perennial borders or…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 9 — Foamflower

Foamflower (Tiarella) makes a great addition to any shady garden. In the right place, this native of the forest floor will carpet an area with intriguing foliage and provide pretty…