Northern Plains

  • lawn substitute
    Design

    Use These Ground Covers as Lawn Substitutes

    I think gardens look best when the ground is covered with either lush growth or an appropriate natural mulch to cover barren soil. Full coverage of the soil has the…

  • perennials for clay soil
    Design

    Three Perennials That Can Grow in Clay Soil

    Soil composition plays a critical role in the success of any garden. Plants respond to a variety of factors, with soil structure being one of the most important. Few of…

  • pink roses and other evergreen shrubs
    Design

    Linda’s Calgary Garden

    We’re visiting with Linda Grey-Martin today. Hello from Calgary, Alberta. Our climate is officially Zone 4a, although many Zone 5 plants survive in my garden. Calgary is close to the…

  • Peter Cottontail sneezewort
    Design

    Fall-Flowering Perennials for Pollinators in the Northern Plains

    I find late-season flowers to be some of the most delightful of the year. They represent one last encore to a year of gardening done well. The bees enjoy the…

  • pink bee balm
    Design

    6 Native Bee Balms to Grow for Gorgeous Color in the Garden

    Bee balm (Monarda spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9) has long been a garden staple for its bold flower colors. The common name comes from the fact that the resin is…

  • deer and hydrangeas
    How-To

    Do Deer Eat Hydrangeas?

    The arrival of late spring and early summer means just one thing here in New England: hydrangea season. The East Coast is known for the iconic displays those hydrangeas put…

  • plants for dry shade
    Article

    Hardy Plants for Dry Shade in the Northern Plains

    No matter the size or location of your garden, you are likely to be planting in more than one type of environment. Under the canopy of trees, along foundations, under…

  • native viburnum
    Design

    The Best Native Viburnums for the Northern Plains

    The great plantsman Michael Dirr once said, "A garden without a viburnum is akin to life without music and art.” Viburnums (Viburnum spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) are a large…

  • fragrant vines
    Design

    Hardy, Fragrant Vines for the Northern Plains

    When you need a tall plant but don’t have a lot of room, a vine is the perfect solution. And when vines have fragrant flowers, they check off yet another…

  • Design

    Beautiful Plants in Alberta

    Brody lives in northern Alberta, Canada, and loves observing interesting native plants in the wild as well as growing all sorts of unusual plants at home. Drosera rotundifolia (sundew, Zones…