Northern Plains Regional Reports

  • overgrown shrub before pruning
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    Rejuvenation Pruning Tips for Overgrown Shrubs

    The mild days of winter offer gardeners an opportunity to tend to tasks that are best done when the landscape is dormant. One of those tasks is the rejuvenation or…

  • plants for winter interest
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    Trees and Shrubs with Winter Interest

    I see winter as beginning with the first falling leaf and ending with the first sign of new growth. That can be a very long stretch in the Northern Plains…

  • plants for overwintering wildlife
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    Plants With Fruit for Overwintering Wildlife

    Some may see little more than bare twigs and dry leaves as the remnants of a vibrant summer fade away. But for those creatures that spend their lives outdoors, dormant…

  • early spring flowers northern plains
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    Late-Winter and Early-Spring Bloomers for the Northern Plains

    In Jason Reeves' article Plants That Bloom in Late Winter or Early Spring, he discusses how plants that bloom during the coldest time of the year, often go underappreciated: "Some…

  • lawn substitute
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    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
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    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…

  • Peter Cottontail sneezewort
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    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
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    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…

  • plants for dry shade
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    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
    Northern Plains Regional Reports

    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…