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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 27 — Hostas

If ever there was a collector plant for northern gardens, hosta would be it. We have met many gardeners with 100, 200, 300, sometimes more varieties of hostas growing in…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 26 — Techny and Technito Arborvitae

It’s happened to many gardeners and homeowners. You plant a trio of cute little shrubs in front of your house. Three years later, you’re hacking your way through the brush…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 25 — Joe Pye Weed

If you have a rain garden or want to care for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies or other insects, plant Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum). It provides height at the back…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 24 — Asiatic and Oriental Lilies

There are nine classes of lilies, according to the North American Lily Society, and all of them are lovely. But, for northern gardeners, the two most commonly planted classes are…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 23 — Groundcovers

Today is Black Friday — so take a break from the insanity and the materialism, and think about a lush carpet of fragrant thyme beneath your feet, a bright patch…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 21 — Crab Apple Trees

Whether you grow them for the stunning spring flower display or the tart fruits or the architectural interest they add to a yard, flowering crab apple trees (Malus spp.) are…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 20 — Balloon Flower

While many plants are regarded as perennials, there are some that are decidedly more “perennial” than others. Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorous) is one that is truly worthy of the designation….

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 19 — Cardinal Flower

Last summer, I was visiting a friend whose backyard garden slopes down to meet the reedy shore of a small lake. Not far from the water’s edge were large, nearly…