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Aging Gardens
Joe Landsberger
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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West End Neighbors
Garden and History Tours

Ideas for color and companions
in the garden:

Perennials in April |
Perennials in May |
Perennials in June |
Perennials in July |
Perennials in September

Ground covers through the months |
Shrubs through the months |
Trees through the months |
Installations and art |

Minnesota Noxious Weed List
(external link)

Minnesota Wildflowers
(external link)

Extremely Cold Hardy Perennials
Perennial Resource (external link)

Best Performing Perennials
Midwest Gardening  (external link)

My professional homepage


In the garden
there are no hours--
only seasons
Joe Landsberger

Virtual Tour of the Leech Goodrich Ground Covers:

Japanese pachysandra (spurge)April 29:
Japanese pachysandra (spurge)

An herbaceous perennial ground cover. Its leaves are evergreen--a tough winter critter for partial to full shade.

Creeping phloxMay 6:
Creeping Phlox

Yellow thimbleweedMay 8:
Yellow thimbleweed (Anemone richardsonii hook).

Thimblweed is a bit unusual. It spreads via rhizomes (underground stems) to form a bit of a mat: I don't know how/where I got it since it is an arctic/Canadian plant.

common periwinkleMay 8:
Common periwinkle (Vinca minor).

Dead nettleMay 11:
Dead nettle (Lamium maculatum).

Lamium can be considered invasive but I like the leaves and it is behaving.

variegated lily of the valleyMay 16:
Variegated Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)

Phlox subulata snowflakeMay 17:
Phlox subulata snowflake

Carpet bugleweedMay 25:
Carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)

Slowly replacing my lawn,

sedumMay 31:
Sedum Yellow Stonecrop with Snippet Lime Weigela

wild strawberryJune 22:
Wild strawberry

It colonizes politely, is watered little, has white flowers in spring, and the fruits are small and tasty if the critters donít get them firstÖ Itís different from the wild strawberry.

Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis)Jue 20:
Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis) with its worker bee.

Blue star junperJue 20:
Blue Star Juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star')

Gardens are a form
of autobiography.
Sydney Eddison,
Horticulture magazine,
August/September 1993