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ligularia before bloom

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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Chelone glabra

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…

Azaleas in bloom

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 3 — Northern Lights Azaleas

In early spring, gardeners are hungry for color, and one of the best ways to get that color is by planting spring flowering shrubs. Northern Lights azaleas are rock-solid hardy…

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 2—Black Hills Spruce

Winters in the North can be wimpy or wild, but no matter how severe or mild, winter will be here for a long, long time. That stretch between November and…

Peonies

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 1— Peonies

Many gardeners look forward to November, a time when the northern garden is mostly put to bed and you can relax with a cup of tea and a sense of…

How to Do a Soil Percolation Test

The November/December issue of Northern Gardener includes Nancy Rose’s article called “A Tale of Two Soils.” Many Minnesotans know Nancy from her years as a horticulturist at the University of…

How to Do a Soil Texture Test

Horticulturist Nancy Rose’s article in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener talks about the importance of knowing your soil for more garden success. Here are her instructions for testing the…

fall berries

Get Your Garden Ready for Winter

Oh, no! Can the garden season really be coming to a close so soon? This week, we’re having slightly warmer temperatures—and happily, some rain!—but the fall is hard upon us…