Category Archives: Plant Profiles

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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…

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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…

narrow sunflower

Plant Profile: Sunflowers

Nothing says August in the garden quite like sunflowers. Whether the annual sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that dot cutting gardens or the perennial sunflowers that stand tall inĀ  meadows and native…

monarda

Magnificent Monarda

I’ve been to several garden tours over the past couple of weeks and one plant that looks fantastic in every garden is bee balm (Monarda). If you are not familiar…

iris

Plant Profile: Iris

In late spring and early summer, many Minnesota gardens are abloom with iris, which is one of the easiest plants to grow in our climate. Iris come in three types:…

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Plant Profile: Martagon Lilies

Martagon season has arrived. Every year about this time — mid June to the later part of the month, the Martagon lilies bloom in all their upside down splendor. At…

Bloomstruck blooms in colors from cream/pink to deep purple.  Bailey Nurseries photo

What a Hydrangea Wants

Get together several hundred avid gardeners and a line-up of experts, and the questions and conversations start flying. Yesterday, MSHS hosted its third annual Spring at the Inn. This annual…