Category Archives: Plant Profiles

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…

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 in  meadows and native…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Bulbs

The local forecast calls for a wet and cool weekend, but it’s not too late to plant bulbs in Minnesota. Planting bulbs now will give you a great blast of…

Growing Sage in Minnesota Gardens

Culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) is one of the hardiest herbs. Though not 100 percent reliable as a perennial in Minnesota, growing sage is relatively easy — and it has so…