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Aging Gardens
Joe Landsberger
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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West End Neighbors
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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

Virtual Tour of the Leech Goodrich Perennials in July:

great st johnswortJuly 5, 2020:
Great St. Johnswort (Hypericum pyramidatum).

"This species do not have nectarines, glands that secrete nectar for pollinators, but do produce a lot of pollen"

Cimicifuga racimosaJuly 9, 2021:
Cimicifuga racemosa

(lots of aliases: black cohosh, black bugbane, black snakeroot, or fairy candle. Cimicifuga have recently been transferred to the genus Actaea.

JLysimachia clethroidesuly 9, 2021:
Lysimachia clethroides

Gooseneck loosestrife: considered "aggressive" but can naturalize in controlled broad drifts

coral bellsJuly 8, 2020:
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)July 12, 2020:
Mullein (Aaron's rod, Indian tobacco, Bullock's Lungwort, Lady's Foxglove)

July 14, 2020:

Day lily "firefly"July 15, 2020:
Day lily (Hemerocallis firefly) hedge

wild petuniaJuly 15, 2020:
Wild petunia (Ruellia humilis)

Not really a petunia but is a native and seeds itself liberally

Calla lily ZantedeschiaJuly 15, 2020:
Calla lily (Zantedeschia)

This photo brings to mind Georgia O'Keeffe's work.

monardaJuly 19, 2020:
Beebalm (Monarda didyma) with Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa).

fringed loosestrifeJuly 20, 2020:
Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

tiger lilyJuly 23, 2020:
tiger lily (‎Lilium lancifolium)

solomon sealJuly 28, 2020:
Solomon Seal (Polygonatum)

indian grassJuly 31, 2020:
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.

A cat improves
the garden wall
in sunshine,
and the hearth
in foul weather.

Judith Merkle Riley