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Hannah’s Minnesota Garden

Spring bulbs and other beauties

My name is Hannah, and I garden in Zone 4, in southeastern Minnesota. I have a full-sun garden that I started in 2017 when we built our home on our 30-acre farm. I love starting all my annuals and most of my perennials from seed in our free house. It saves money and allows me to plant big-impact plantings. The winters are long but great for garden planning. These photos are from spring last year.

close up of white daffodils with colorful tulips in the backgroundI love planting bulbs because they are so wonderful to look forward to.

close up of various bulbs in various colorsSo much cheery color from bulbs!

close up of Purple Sensation alliumAllium ‘Purple Sensation’ (Zones 3–9)

plant with purple flowers in foreground and flowering tree in backgroundCatmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8), with a blooming plum tree behind

various spring bulbs planted under a small treeI have serviceberry (Amalanchier sp., Zone 4 – 8), and I love the way the trunks look with plants under them.

red and yellow tulips under a birch treeBirch tree (Betula nigra, Zones 4–9) with tulips (Tulipa hybrid, Zones 3–8)

pink bleeding heart flowers in front of blue virginia bluebellsBleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 2–8) with Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8) behind it

two different foliage plants covered in water dropletsAlpine lady’s mantle (Alchemilla alpina, Zones 4–7) is smaller than the more common Alchemilla mollis (Zones 3–8) and has serrated leaves. It is pictured here with ‘Elijah Blue’ fescue (Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’, Zones 4–8).

spring bulbs paired with bright foliage plantsPenstemon digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ (Zones 3–8) beside a feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutiflora, Zones 5–8)

If you want to see more of this garden, check out the last time Hannah shared with us on the GPOD (Hannah’s Flower Garden), as well as her Instagram: @hannahs_garden_journal


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  1. rosys_villa 02/21/2023

    Hannah, your garden is beautiful and the perfect tonic for our current 4 degrees as we wait for the Winter storm due today! Greetings from Saint Paul!!!

    1. hannahm 02/21/2023

      Thank you! 4 degrees here too! Good to know there are many gardeners like me! Enjoy the snow storm :)

  2. janeeliz 02/21/2023

    Love all your color in your lush spring garden, Hannah. Totally delightful on a cold and dreary day in Maine. I'd love to see your garden later, too, filled with all the seedlings you are starting now.

    1. hannahm 02/21/2023

      Thank you! Are you on Instagram? I have lots of photos posted there. Or check out the link above to the last time I shared here…there are photos from later in the season. :)

  3. btucker9675 02/21/2023

    Wonderful! My jonquils, species tulips, hyacinths, flowering quince and camellias are putting on a show here south of Charlotte. Carolina Jessamine, too!! Thanks for sharing your very happy garden.

    1. hannahm 02/21/2023

      Your garden sounds beautiful! My parents live in Greenville, SC and their garden is likewise so far ahead of mine!

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    bdowen 02/21/2023

    What a beautiful garden to see on a grey winter day here in Massachusetts, and when you in MN are bracing for another blizzard. Your bulbs remind me that when I plant bulbs, I try to remember to plant 2-4 times as many as I think I want because they will be so pretty in a bigger group. As we can see in your photos.

    1. hannahm 02/21/2023

      I’m definitely trying to do that too! You can never have too many

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    simplesue 02/22/2023

    Beautiful spring bulb garden!
    Such a spectacular spring you must have with all those bulbs!

  6. gardenconcierge 02/22/2023

    Dear Hannah,
    You have a really, really pretty garden. Enjoy.

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    treasuresmom 02/23/2023

    Hannah, I don't know if you will see this comment but you are a gardener after my own heart! I love spring bulbs!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. HeavenCanWait 03/17/2024

    Hannah, simply beautiful. Curious how and when you started your Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)? Here in southeast Nebraska (5b) not as cold as you further north, yet frost date is still weeks away. Being an ephemeral, I'm wondering the best way to get a new specimen in the ground without it freezing yet established before dormancy.

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