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A Long-blooming Perennial for any Minnesota Garden

Happy Little Yellow Flowers

A Long-blooming Perennial for any Minnesota Garden

This perennial is one to seriously consider for your Minnesota gardens.  What’s not to like?!  Coreopsis ‘Zagreb’ has the unfortunate common name of Tickseed but it is a beautiful plant that will bloom from June to September with a little deadheading along the way.  Zagreb and all of the other cultivars of Coreopsis have a […]

Fall Favorites

What's in Your Container Garden?

Fall Favorites

Some of us spend time each September/October traveling across the Upper Midwest, chasing the fall color show.  How about we bring that fall color a little closer to home this year with easy-to-assemble container gardens? Our gardeners suggest putting a pansies-grasses-kale-chrysanthemums combination in your containers.  Keep in mind the mums will only be blooming about […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Or What Didn't?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Now is the time for a garden review. What worked and what didn’t? Were there times when you didn’t have flowers? Do you want more flowers? If so, spring, summer or fall? Did everything in your garden perform to your expectations? As the spring and summer colors in your garden start to fade, do you […]

Bob’s Plant Favorites

Color, Color, and more Color!

Bob's Plant Favorites

Ask a designer, “What’s your favorite plant?” and you will get a deer-in-headlights look as he or she ponders the question.  We find that clients will often know which trees, shrubs, or perennials they don’t like before coming up with something they do.  Sometimes it’s just a process of elimination.  Some clients want all evergreens, […]

Colleen’s Favorite Plants

Or...What Designers Have in Their Yards

Colleen's Favorite Plants

Garden magazines frequently have a weekly or monthly feature called “My Favorite Plant” – usually a favorite of one of the magazine staff or a reader. Our designers spend time making sure they know their client’s favorite colors and which plants they like or don’t like…which is fair because it is the client’s yard and […]

One of My Fall Favorites…..

Adds wonderful color late in the season.

One of My Fall Favorites.....

I saw this shrub in the landscape recently in all of its glorious fall color and thought “Wow! This is gorgeous!”  ‘Quick-Fire’ Hydrangea is a great addition to the Fall garden…and one of the things I like about is that it can tolerate hard-pruning.  This means for all of you are afraid to cut back your shrubs…this […]

Plant of the Week: Trees!

The many, many benefits of trees

Plant of the Week: Trees!

We planted this white pine in the front yard in 1991. It’s nearly twenty years later — seems like yesterday the tree was a seedling and the children were in diapers. I love how the trees have changed the character of the house and garden over the years. And how they mark the passage of […]

Hummingbirds Love this Flower!

Blue Flag Iris - Iris versicolor

Hummingbirds Love this Flower!

If you are interested in attracting hummingbirds to your garden, you can do it by planting this native wildflower.  Looking rather delicate, this wildflower can withstand the heat of July….or will stand proud and tall (2-3′ tall) in a foot of water.  But this plant prefers consistently moist, average garden soils.  They will look their […]

Are You a Lilac-Lover?

How to enjoy the scent of lilacs longer.

Are You a Lilac-Lover?

Hard to believe but I have encountered people who don’t like the scent of lilacs. I am not one of those people.

Hostas

Shade tolerant garden heroes

Hostas

Hostas are the work horses and heroes of many Minnesota gardens. Generally easy to grow, and shade-tolerant hostas come in infinite variety of sizes, shapes and colors. If you think hostas are ordinary, you haven’t seen some of the giant glowing leaves of  ‘Orange Marmalade’, or the striking texture of the ‘Krossa Regal’ or ‘Hadspen Blue’. Spring is […]

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