Category Archives: Plant recommendations

Pollinators swarmed the shasta daisies at the trial gardens at the U of M St. Paul campus last summer.

U of M Master Gardener Flower Trials

The March/April issue of Northern Gardener has the results of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener vegetable trials. These are very useful for gardeners deciding which varieties to grow…

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Purple coneflower -- a classic plant for butterflies for sunny, loamy sites.

Best Plants for Butterflies

Friday’s post on the best plants for bees and other pollinators has been very popular, so we wanted to follow up with this post on Heather Holm’s suggestions for the…

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Best Plants for Bees and Other Pollinators

The gardening adage that you should put the right plant in the right place applies to gardening for bees and other pollinators as well. During the District 7 Spring Fling…

Karl Foerster grass coated in hoar frost. Grasses provide winter beauty.

Great Grasses for Minnesota Gardens

Some time ago, a blog reader asked us to suggest ornamental grasses for Minnesota gardens. Since parts of Minnesota were once part of the “sea of grass” of the Great…

Verbena bonariensis is a bee magnet.

Pollinator Friendly Gardens, Part 3

Many gardeners want to create pollinator friendly gardens because butterflies and bees add to the health of a garden as well as it’s appearance. Water sources and other garden features…

The petals on ray flowers, like coneflowers, are a perfect landing pad for butterflies.

Planting for Pollinators

Some problems seem so big and complicated that you almost give up on doing anything about them. Please, don’t give up on pollinators — whether bees, Monarch butterflies or any…

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Have You Tried Variegated Solomon’s Seal?

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association names its plant of the year, and this year’s plant is a beautiful foliage plant for shade, Variegated Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’). It’s…

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Five Plants More Northern Gardeners Should Grow

Don Engebretson, a.k.a., The Renegade Gardener, calls himself “the lone voice of horticultural reason.” That may be a bit of an overstatement, but Don — who also writes Northern Gardener’s…