Category Archives: Plant Profiles

A bank of Tiger Eyes sumac adds striking contrast to evergreens and rocks nearby.

Plant Profile: Tiger Eyes Sumac

Staghorn sumac is a large treelike shrub native to the eastern edge of Minnesota, Wisconsin and much of southeastern Canada. Tall with an umbrella habit as it matures, stagorn or…

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These bee balm plants were about 5 feet tall and stunning.

Plant Profile: Bee Balm

We’ve written about bee balm (Monarda) on this blog before because, frankly, it’s such a star in the summer garden. It seems that every year during garden tour season, I…

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Plant Profile: Liatris

If you are searching for a beautifully colored and easy-to-grow perennial to add to your garden, Liatris is the plant for you. Liatris plants have two common names, Blazing Star…

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Plant Profile: Showy Lady’s Slipper

Every school child in Minnesota should be able to recognize the whimsical, shoe-like  look of the showy lady’s slipper (Cypripedium reginae), our state flower and a show-stopping orchid that is…

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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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Plant Profile: Tree Peony

When does a peony behave like a shrub? That’s not a riddle, and the answer is when it is a tree peony—a gorgeous shrub-like peony that blooms about two weeks…

Declaration lilac (Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries)

Plant Profile: Lilac

Does any plant say spring in northern gardens quite like lilacs? With their lush scent and pretty purple or white blooms, lilacs reach their peak in late May to early…

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Plant Profile: Magic Magnolias

Magnolias are wonderful small trees or shrubs, which despite their southern connections, can work as spring-flowering plants for gardens in USDA Zone 4 — about the southern half of Minnesota,…