West End Neighbors
Garden and History Tours
Ideas for color and
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
Extremely Cold Hardy Perennials
Perennial Resource (external link)
Best Performing Perennials
Midwest Gardening (external link)
Great St. Johnswort (Hypericum pyramidatum).
"This species do not have nectarines, glands that secrete nectar for pollinators, but do produce a lot of pollen"
(lots of aliases: black cohosh, black bugbane, black snakeroot, or fairy candle. Cimicifuga have recently been transferred to the genus Actaea.
Gooseneck loosestrife: considered "aggressive" but can naturalize in controlled broad drifts
Coral bells (heuchera) from day 51.
Seems cracks in the limestone walk are perfect nurseries for their seedlings.
Mullein (Aaron's rod, Indian tobacco, Bullock's Lungwort, Lady's Foxglove)
Day lily (Hemerocallis firefly) hedge
Wild petunia (Ruellia humilis)
Not really a petunia but is a native and seeds itself liberally
Calla lily (Zantedeschia)
This photo brings to mind Georgia O'Keeffe's work.
Beebalm (Monarda didyma) with Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)
tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium)
Solomon Seal (Polygonatum)
Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) with a backdrop of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). "Fertile spikelets, whether they are sessile or pedicellate, are 5-8 mm. long (excluding their awns) and lanceoloid in shape; they are typically golden brown during the blooming period. Each fertile spikelet consists of a pair of glumes, a sterile lemma, an awned fertile lemma, and a perfect floret. The glumes are the same length as the spikelet; they are lanceolate, convex along their outer surfaces, longitudinally veined, and somewhat shiny. One glume is covered with silky white hairs, particularly along the lower length of its length, while the other glume is mostly hairless." I don't think I understand any of this.