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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…

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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…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 8 — Martagon Lilies

Why don’t more northern gardeners plant martagon lilies? They are the first lily to bloom each year; they are rock-solid hardy in our area because they are natives of wide…

Karl Foerster

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 7 — ‘Karl Foerster’ Grass

Much of Minnesota and the Dakotas are remnants of the tall-grass prairie that once covered thousands of square miles of the North American continent. That may be why northern gardeners…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 6 — Siberian Iris

Anytime a plant’s common name starts with the word “Siberian” you know it’s a good bet for northern gardens. Siberian iris (Iris sibirica) are among the most reliable of the…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 5 — Ligularia

If you have a damp garden or a pond and you want a plant with impact, you cannot do better than ligularia. Several species of ligularia grow well in the…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 4 — Turtlehead

Turtlehead (Chelone) gets its name from its unusually shaped flowers, which resemble the head of a snapping turtle. There are several species of turtlehead, including Chelone glabra, a Minnesota native…