Category Archives: Garden design

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Plant Profile: Ninebark

During the recent Garden Bloggers Fling, I had an opportunity to watch Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard demonstrate how to make a bouquet using the flowers and foliage from…

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The bright pink blooms on the rhododendron really pop and complement the  blue hosta. Out of bloom season, the hosta is a calm underplant for the rhododendron.

Everything Looks Good Next to a Blue Hosta

  I had a chance over the weekend to travel to Toronto in Canada for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. This three-day event involves lots and lots of touring of…

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Color of the Year: Marsala in the Garden

A nice glass of Marsala, anyone? Over the next year, you can expect to see more foliage and flowers boasting the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015, a wine…

Drawing from Minnesota DNR

Do You Have a Healthy Yard?

A while back, we came across a handout from the forestry division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In a simple four-page fold-out, the DNR offers some great ideas…

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It’s Not Too Late to Renew Your Garden

We are getting toward the end of the gardening season, but there is still time to re-do a bed or undertake another garden renewal project. If watered properly, trees, shrubs…

Giant allium add fun to the landscape.

A Visit to Marge Hols Garden

Last week, about 100 eager gardeners and supporters of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society descended on Marge Hols’ gorgeous St. Paul garden. The occasion was the Garden Gathering, a special…

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Book Review and Giveaway: Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey 2014) by Canada-based blogger and garden writer Niki Jabbour is one of the best books for beginning (and experienced) food gardeners that I have seen in…

White blooms brighten the shades of green in this bed.

Using the Color White in the Garden

One of the new plants on the “runway” during the 2014 Spring at the Inn event last week was a new magnolia from Bailey’s Nurseries in Newport. First Editions® Centennial…