Category Archives: Plant Profiles

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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…

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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,…

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Plant Profile: Gladiolus

Gladiolus is one of those old-fashioned flowers that is enjoying a renaissance. Maybe it’s because florists love them for bouquets, or because more gardeners are growing cutting gardens, but gladioli…

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Plant Profile: Dahlia

Let’s take a break from the cold, the slop and the just endlessness of January to appreciate one of the quintessential plants os summer: the dahlia. To find dahlias in…

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Plant Profile: Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera is a houseplant that cheers up many a holiday home. Common names for members of this genus of cactus include Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, holiday cactus (which actually blooms…

Fall color on common witch hazel. Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Where to Buy Witch Hazel

The cover story for the November/December issue of Northern Gardener is about witch hazel, a little-planted but lovely shrub. As author Betsy Danielson notes, “Witch hazels could be the poster…

Many viburnums have beautiful fall berries.

Plant Profile: Viburnum

Viburnum is a lovely group of shrubs year-round, but my appreciation for them always soars in fall. That’s when the bright red berries of American highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) shine…