Newer Coleus Series Packs A Punch

Although it was developed by seed researchers a decade ago, Kong coleus is just recently gaining popularity as gardeners discover its beauty. What makes Kong coleus so special? Coleus has been around a long time as a staple of shaded flower beds and planters. But the leaves of Kong coleus are huge. When compared side-by-side…
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Climbing Roses For Northern Gardens

The Upper Midwest is a grand gardening region. If you set a goal of growing every well-adapted tree, shrub and perennial, you’d have to start very young and live to be very, very old. We have no shortage of adapted plants; we just have to choose wisely. Even climbing roses grow beautifully here. We just have…
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Easy Way To Tell Adapted Hydrangeas From Non-Adapted

Hydrangea shrubs have been around a long time, but the past decade has brought exciting new types. Unfortunately some types don’t grow well in the Northern Plains, but others do. Which are which, when shopping garden centers that sell Endless Summer, Twist ‘n Shout, Annabelle, Incrediball, Vanilla Strawberry, Bloomstruck, Quickfire, and dozens more? Luckily there’s a very…
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Dwarf Alberta Spruce Not Well-Adapted To Region

Some trees and shrubs don’t do well in our region, and shouldn’t be planted because there’s a nearly 100 percent chance of failure. Dwarf Alberta Spruce is like that. It’s disappointing to see Dwarf Alberta Spruce being sold by the hundreds at local national chain stores’ garden centers. They’re often displayed right beside well-adapted evergreens like…
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New Winter-Hardy Wisteria Vine For Northern Climates

Any mention of wisteria vines conjures up images of trellises down South, hanging heavily with the long, pendulous, deep lavender or purple flower clusters. The wisteria species that thrive in southern climates aren’t winter-hardy enough to survive in the Upper Midwest. Over the years, several wisteria varieties have been sold and planted in our region,…
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