• hydrangea planted in terraced garden

    This Year in Marilyn’s Garden

    We’re visiting with Marilyn Regnier today. We’ve visited her garden before (Marilyn’s Missouri-Inspired Garden in Minnesota), and today she’s joining in the fun of looking back and sharing the highlights…

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    The Summer That Was at the 45th Parallel, Part 2

    We’re back with Susan Warde in St. Paul, Minnesota! Yesterday we looked back at the year in her front garden, and today we’re taking the same tour through the seasons…

  • growing herbs in cold frames

    Winter Herb Gardening: Easy Herbs to Grow in a Cold Frame

    Cold frames are a great way to get a jump-start on or extend the gardening season. An easy way to get started with cold-frame growing is to put it to…

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    The Summer That Was at the 45th Parallel

    Today Susan Warde is letting us visit her St. Paul, Minnesota, garden. She was inspired by the posts from Cherry and me looking back at “the summer that was” in…

  • cascading plants

    Cascading Woody Plants for the Midwest

    Softening tall or craggy surfaces are situations that seldom come up in my design practice, as I work in environments that are typically rather flat. There are times, however, when…

  • close up of light pink asiatic lilies

    Bulbs (and Bulblike Plants) in Susan’s Garden

    Today we’re in St. Paul, Minnesota, visiting with Susan Warde. Tulips don’t do well for me, and I don’t have many daffodils, but here’s a seasonal tour of some bulb…

  • deer-resistant plants for the midwest

    Plants That the Herbivores Will Avoid in the Midwest

    Fionuala Campion says in her article, Dazzling Deer-Resistant Perennials, "Though very graceful and delightful to behold in their native habitat, deer are a voracious force to reckon with in many…

  • slam-dunk perennials

    8 Slam-Dunk Perennials for the Midwest

    While our gardens are always changing, we certainly put a lot of pressure on our plants to perform and look good, particularly the perennials. The wide range of soils and…

  • birdbath with pink and purple astilbes and yellow daylilies

    Bath Time! (for Birds)

    Today’s photos are from Susan Warde in St. Paul, Minnesota (Zone 4b). I love ponds and waterfalls and fountains but don’t want to deal with the work they entail. So…

  • view of hydrangeas from other side with pink flowers in the foreground

    Garden Party at Bill’s

    Today’s photos are from Bill Ziebarth. I live in Duluth, Minnesota, and have been gardening in this location for 26 years. This is the third time I have submitted photos…