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Aging Gardens
Joe Landsberger
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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 |

West End Neighbors
Garden and History Tours

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 Trees:

magnolia royal starApril 25:
Magolia Royal Star

red bud with magnolia BettyMay 4:
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

with Magnolia "Betty" in bud

Weeping redbudMay 4:
Weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis) around the boulder

pin cherryMay 4:
Pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica) with blue sky.

(April 28: pin cherry cut down due to a compromised trunk--mold)

magnolia bettyMay 6:
Magnolia "Betty" bud opening

Redbud backdrop

woodland magnoliaMay 7:
Saucer Magnolias (M. x soulangeana)

Planted as a "woodland" magnolia but I can't find one by that name on the Internet. It has a darker color with a bit of green in the petals.

weeping norway spruceMay 9:
Weeping Norway spruce:

The tips of the spruce are red turning green in summer.

Weeping crab apple red jadeMay 10:
Weeping crab-apple "red jade":

Red Jade has lovely small red fruits through winter--it takes a while for the birds to enjoy

flowering peach pink cascadeMay 11:
Weeping flowering peach--Pink Cascade (Prunus persica).

Last year I had a few peaches, and enveloped them to discourage squirrels but they got them anyway. Maybe 2020!

magnolia BettyMay 12:
Magnolia "Betty"

temple juniper with crab "red jade"May 13:
Crab apple "red jade"

Backdrop of a (Japanese) Temple Juniper--that in history was considered sacred and planted near temples.

Carb apple red jade in fallSeptember 26:
Crab apple "red jade"

yellow magnolia sunspireMay 14:
Columnar Yellow Magnolia (Magnolia Sunspire) with the "egg"

peach tree with red flowersMay 17:
Peach tree

lilac agincourt beauty 2May 18:
Lilac (Syringa) Agincourt Beauty #2

White lilacMay 18:
Lilac S Tigerstedii

Rose lilacMay 18:
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Krasavitsa Moskvy') Beauty of Moscow

Weeping lilacMay 22:
A "weeping" lilac with a nice fragrance

Tulip tree (Liriodendron)June 7:
Tulip tree (Liriodendron)

peking lilacJune 14:
Peking lilac (Syringa-pekinensis)

A dwarf catalpa (Catalpa speciosa-northern catalpa). June 22:
A dwarf catalpa (Catalpa speciosa-northern catalpa)

This dwarf does not flower or produce seed pods. The first 30 years of my house my neighbor Lorraine always wanted a catalpa tree in her lot. I bought her house and lot when she died and now transformed the garden. As she neared the end of her life, she wondered where her remains would be, so I mentioned that she liked her shrub rose and why not there? Her ashes are now below the boulder next to her catalpa tree.

magnolia scaleJune 1:
Magnoria scale

I've been fighting Magnolia scale for a couple years on two trees, but found it this year on two others. Treatment: my home mix of insecticidal soap (water, vegetable oil, Dawn dish soap). After cutting back branches I spray, then scrape off the "scale" and spray some more: daily. It works!

stripebark maplesJuly 29:
Acer tegmentosum, the Manchurian striped maple (left) is an understory tree found in the eastern United States.

Striped Bark Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) (right) also known as moosewood (moose like to eat it) or goosefoot (resembling its leaves). They look a lot alike!

dawn redwoodSeptember 14:
Gold Rush, Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides

The tall light green tree that was the talk of the garden tour in my yard Saturday, 9-12. It is marginally hardy in our zone 4, now zone 5, climate. Dawn Redwood resembles the bald cypress (Taxodium) and redwood (Sequoia). From fossil records, it is known to have existed as many as 50,000,000 years ago. It can grow to 100 feet!

hemlock, dwarf weeping blueSeptember:
Dwarf weeping hemlock (Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula')


wells weeping spruceSeptember:
Wells Emerald Creeper Norway Spruce


lacebark pineSeptember:
Lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana)

Distinctive mottled bark sets it apart from other pines. Stiff, dark green needles are in clusters of 3.


Weeping Blue SpruceSeptember:
Dwarf Weeping Blue (Colorado) Spruce (Picea pungens 'Pendula--tree form)'


Pinus strobus ' Torulosa ' September:
Twisted Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus 'Torulosa")


Compact mugo pineSeptember:
Comopact Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo 'var. mughus')


Korean maple Acer pseudosieboldianum Autumn:
Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum)


Amur mapleAutumn:
Amur maple (Acer ginnala)


Redbud in snowOctober 20:
Redbud in snow


stripe bark maple
I frequently tramped
eight or ten miles
through the deepest snow
to keep an appointment
with a beech-tree,
or a yellow birch,
or an old acquaintance
among the pines.

Henry David Thoreau