The plant of the week is a stumper this week. Found throughout northern China and Korea, this plant is hardy in MN, growing into a large upright shrub 12' tall and 8' across. The blooms appear slightly pink and nondescript from a distance, but closer inspection revealsRead More
As breeders compete to create the blackest, reddest, and brightest heucheras, fortunately an attentive and discerning soul noticed this diminutive charmer and set it aside. A dwarf coral bell reaching only 6", "Blondie" combines creamy sulphuric-yellow blooms with a kaleidoscope of peachy-hued foliage. Newer introduction.
Just like Santa, outdoor appliances need to get ready for the winter. Here is a guide as to properly winterize your appliance.Read More
August and September usher in a different, subtler kind of beauty in Minnesota. In perfect synchronization with that change, Pennisetum "Little Bunny" is an ornamental grass that starts to shine as its inflorescences fill out into full, perky seedheads that catch the dew in the morning and dance gaily in the breeze. This little gem reaches about 18" high by 18" wide and prefers well-drained but not dry soil in a sunny or mostly sunny location.
For those who love the heady fragrance of hyacinths in the spring but aren't a big fan of their Thomas Kincaid-ian look, Spanish bluebells are a wonderful alternative.Read More
Bulb planting season is an opportunity to bury treasure, humble brown bulbs and corms that guard their glory through the silent winter cold. One particularly exciting bit of treasure is this stunning onion, Allium schubertii.Read More
For decades the University of Minnesota has been a leading breeder of cold hardy ornamental trees and shrubs. As part of that Socialist plot to improve the world through science and research...Read More
Largely unknown in Minnesota, Persian ironwood is widely used in zone 5 and above as a boulevard tree because of its handsome habit, durability in wind and snow, longevity, and tolerance of salt and pollution. However, there are a number of old specimens dotting the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis that show no evidence of winter damage and I have started noticing specimens in some inner ring suburbs as well. They are easy to distinguish this time of year because their leaves are just starting to turn. Recently a columnar cultivar hit the market called JL Spire and its merits make it tempting to introduce into the Minnesotan landscape.
Recently a columnar cultivar hit the market called "JL Spire", and its merits make it tempting to introduce into the Minnesotan landscape. Although its ultimate size is unknown, it appears likely to form a column 10' wide by 25-30' tall at maturity.
The weather can be glorious in late summer but the garden can start to look tired this time of year if not properly planned and planted. But as the daylilies start to look emaciated, this humble stunner bursts on the scene. Standing just 12" tall, Aconitum cammarum "Blue Lagoon" is a potent way to reinvigorate your garden's color in time for the start of school. Those with dogs or culinarily intrepid children should we warned that this plant, like all monkshoods, is toxic if consumed. But for those who refrain from eating it can glory in its beauty for much of the fall. Grows well in sun to half shade and is deer resistant.
There are so many hostas in the marketplace, many of them only slightly different form eachother, that it's easy to lose track. "Waterslide" is unique enough to be memorable. Resembling a smaller, silver-edged Krossa Regal with stupendously wavy intense blue leaves, this is a dramatic introduction. Reaches 18" tall by 30" wide. Not widely available yet but slowly matriculating through the hosta specialty nurseries.