Category Archives: Container gardening

Kale is an attractive ornamental plant in mixed plantings.

Garden Trends for 2016

It’s fun to see all the garden trends that marketers and other soothsayers are predicting. Another way to  find out about what’s new in gardening is to see the kinds…

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Easy Tips for Fall Garden Decor

We’ve had such a warm and glorious fall, it’s been hard to let go of summer. But, really, when you are four days away from Halloween, there is no more…

Two foliage plants (the grass and heuchera) combine well with one flowering plant (calibrachoa).

Container Design by the Numbers

Thursday was the opening day of the St. Paul Home and Patio Show so I dropped by to catch a talk by Northern Gardener columnist Don Engebretson, a.k.a, the Renegade…

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Growing Hostas in Pots? Why Not!

Using perennials—and even small shrubs—in containers has become more and more common as gardens shrink and breeders develop compact varieties. Hostas are among those perennials that do very well growing…

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Bare Minimum Fall Garden Clean Up

The weather over the next week in Minnesota looks exceptional with sunny highs in the 50s, 60s, maybe a minute or two of 70s. It’s the perfect time to clean…

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Plant Shopping for Mother

Mother’s Day weekend is the traditional start of the plant shopping season. While this weekend’s weather may be unsettled, it won’t be cold. (And, we can all be grateful for…

'Black Lace' elderberry in a pot. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners

Garden Trends: Woody Plants in Containers

One of the garden trends we’re hearing about for 2014 is the greater use of woody plants — shrubs and trees — in containers. Using woody plants in containers offers…

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Five Easy Fall Container Ideas

By this time, most Minnesotans have experienced a frost or even a freeze, and that means summer container plantings may be looking a little raggedy. We could still have another…