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 |
West End Neighbors
Garden and History Tours
Minnesota Noxious Weed List
Extremely Cold Hardy Perennials
Perennial Resource (external link)
Best Performing Perennials
Midwest Gardening (external link)
Pink-tinged trillium (Trillium grandiflorum roseum)
from Cousin Butch's forest.
Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
Willowleaf bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
Geranium cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' in the process of colonizing its space.
Cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
In the carrot family. Wikipedia: "The thick flower stems, coming into season in early summer, can be peeled and eaten cooked when young... Cow parsnip is a valuable pasture plant for cows, sheep, and goats. It is also known to be important in the diets of numerous wild animals, especially bears, both grizzly and black." However I only have rabbits, raccoons and possum and they have not discovered it. But an interesting (vertical) addition to a perennial garden. Tiny woodland strawberry is at its base.
Tokudama hosta after the rain
The leaves are a thick dark rich blue to green later summer, seer suckered. Mid-sized, thick leaves.
Jackmani Clematis Vine
Commonly known as solitary clematis, is a non-climbing, woody-based, herbaceous perennial that typically grows in a dense, upright to sprawling, shrubby mound of undivided leaves to 12-24” tall.
"Peony! Paeonia lactiflora
Early bloomer nown for its golden center of stamens, perhaps "pink dawn"
Goatsbeard, (Aruncus dioicus)
Hedgerow cranesbill (geranium pyrenaicum)
Rescued red shrub rose
Coral bells (heuchera)
Bellflower (Harebell Campanula Rotundifolia or Campanula Takesimana-native to Korea)
White shrub rose
Sweet Autumn Clematis (Paniculata)
Be not deceived: my clematis must be a sport since it always blooms in early summer.
With Horace's "egg" a sculpture by neighborhood artist Marty Hicks
Hosta garden #2
Rodgersia is primitive in appearance and eventually sends out a plumed flower.
Astilbe, worm's eye view
Shieldleaf (Astilboides tabularis) is in bloom
Astilbe in bloom
Rising to the morning sunlight
Garden lilies in bloom
Garden (Asiatic) lilies in the rain
Backdrop of willowleaf bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana) for a decided Japanese tableau