Category Archives: Trees and shrus

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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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Slash and Plant Shrubs

Early spring is a great time to plant new shrubs and perennials, and if you check your local nursery, you may even find some bargains. Shrubs that have been in…

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Garden Trend: Trees that Look Like Taylor Swift

‘Tis the season for horticulture days, spring flings and assorted other garden events. Saturday I had a chance to attend the District 7 Spring Fling, where Northern Gardener horticulture editor…

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…

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Crabapple Season

This past week seemed to be crabapple season in Minnesota. All of a sudden — as happens most year — the crabapple trees, aka, flowering crabs, burst into bloom. Pinks,…

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Plant Shopping for Mother

Mother’s Day weekend is the traditional start of the plant shopping season. While this weekend’s weather may be unsettled, it won’t be cold. (And, we can all be grateful for…

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It’s Not Too Late to Plant Trees

While it looks like much of Minnesota may experience frost later this week (and that’s later than normal), it’s not too late to plant trees, shrubs, even perennials. In fact,…

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Why We Appreciate Chartreuse Plants

The gloomy spring that seems to finally be behind us really drove home why it’s important to plant trees, shrubs and perennials with foliage that is something other than plain…