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)
Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) with Azalea backdrop
Volunteer white violets (Viola canadensis)
Red Trillium/Butcher's blood (Trillium recurvatum) Melanthiaceae
Clematis armandii Snowdrift.
I didn't think that a clematis bloomed so early in spring. I made the trellis out of a deceased juniper with hand-tied Japanese knots.
Celandine (wood) poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum).
Wood poppies seed themselves but politely so.
Woodland phlox (divaricata).
Sweet scented groundcover for shaded, moist areas. The darker one in back is Blue Moon Woodland Phlox
Sweet woodruff (galium odoratum).
Lovely for part sun or full shade
Hosta (white feather?)
Rather strange, and I refer to it as a ghost as it is colorless until midsummer.
Wild white geranium (maculatum).
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Native plant that surprises you where/when it appears in spring.
Fern leaf peony (Paeonia tenuifolia)
Newly (trans) planted trillium from Cousin Butch's forest near the Apple River
Blue star or Amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
Makes a nice butterfly-friendly dear resistant hedge. Lovely golden fall color; one of my favorites.
Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), over 20 years old.
Bleeding heart (dicentra alba)
Old-Fashioned pink Bleeding Heart
three weeks earlier
for bleeding heart
Backdrop of Pink Poppet Weigela (Weigela florida 'Plangen')