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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…

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…

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…