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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 13 — Blue Heaven Bluestem

Many gardeners in Minnesota know Dr. Mary Meyer, former interim head of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, extension and outreach horticulturist and expert in ornamental grasses. We were excited this past…

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Giant fleece flower

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 12 — Fleece Flower

Giant fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha) is an underused perennial that is a real showstopper in the garden. Quick to establish, within two to three years of planting it sends shoots…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 11 — Hardy Roses

While many Minnesotans grow hybrid tea roses for their incomparable beauty, hardy shrub roses will grow well in almost any sunny yard and are one of the great plants for…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 10 — Black Chokeberry

Trees and shrubs form the backbone of many gardens. Coming in a variety of sizes and often providing multiple season interest, shrubs work well in foundation plantings, perennial borders or…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 9 — Foamflower

Foamflower (Tiarella) makes a great addition to any shady garden. In the right place, this native of the forest floor will carpet an area with intriguing foliage and provide pretty…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 8 — Martagon Lilies

Why don’t more northern gardeners plant martagon lilies? They are the first lily to bloom each year; they are rock-solid hardy in our area because they are natives of wide…

Karl Foerster

Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 7 — ‘Karl Foerster’ Grass

Much of Minnesota and the Dakotas are remnants of the tall-grass prairie that once covered thousands of square miles of the North American continent. That may be why northern gardeners…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 6 — Siberian Iris

Anytime a plant’s common name starts with the word “Siberian” you know it’s a good bet for northern gardens. Siberian iris (Iris sibirica) are among the most reliable of the…