Category Archives: Great Plants for Northern Gardens

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 29, Globe Flower

Globe flower (Trollius) is one of my favorite garden perennials because of its adaptability. It grows well in both part shade and sunny borders, and though it prefers relatively moist…

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Best Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 28 — Hydrangea

By midsummer, many of the flowering shrubs in the northern garden have finished their show. The lilacs, azaleas, spirea and fruit shrubs have mostly settled down for the season. This…

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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 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 22 — Bee Balm

With the rise of mono-cropping (think acres and acres of corn, soybeans or turfgrass), many insects struggle to find what they need to thrive. Gardeners can help with this by…

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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…