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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…

oak leaves in fall

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 18 — Northern Pin Oak

Every landscape needs a significant tree. Many urban gardeners seek to find trees that are smaller and more suited to small spaces, but if you have a property that is…

purple dome aster

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 17 — Asters

We’ve written a lot in this series about plants for shade, such as foamflower, giant fleece flower and martagon lilies. But what if your garden is in blazing sun and…

bleeding heart

Great Plants for Northern Gardens, Day 16 — Bleeding Heart

If you garden with children, bleeding heart is one of the plants for northern gardens that is an absolute must. What child would not be fascinated — even awed —…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 15 — Native Columbine

Native columbine (Aquilegia canadenis) is a native wildflower of the eastern United States. It’s also known as wild columbine or Canada columbine and provides an early spot of color in…

Give to the Max for Future Gardeners

Thursday is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, a once-a-year effort to raise money for the great nonprofits in our state. The Minnesota State Horticulture Society has been around…

amelenchier leavis flower

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 14, Serviceberry

Serviceberry (Amelanchier) is a very hardy Minnesota native plant that can be grown as a large shrub or a small tree. Sometimes called juneberry, this is one of the great…