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in the garden:
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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)
Magolia Royal Star
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
with Magnolia "Betty" in bud
Weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis) around the boulder
Pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica) with blue sky.
(April 28: pin cherry cut down due to a compromised trunk--mold)
Magnolia "Betty" bud opening
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 spruce:
The tips of the spruce are red turning green in summer.
Weeping crab-apple "red jade":
Red Jade has lovely small red fruits through winter--it takes a while for the birds to enjoy
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!
Crab apple "red jade"
Backdrop of a (Japanese) Temple Juniper--that in history was considered sacred and planted near temples.
Crab apple "red jade"
Columnar Yellow Magnolia (Magnolia Sunspire) with the "egg"
Lilac (Syringa) Agincourt Beauty #2
Lilac S Tigerstedii
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Krasavitsa Moskvy') Beauty of Moscow
A "weeping" lilac with a nice fragrance
Tulip tree (Liriodendron)
Peking lilac (Syringa-pekinensis)
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.
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!
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!
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!
Dwarf weeping hemlock (Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula')
Wells Emerald Creeper Norway Spruce
Lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana)
Distinctive mottled bark sets it apart from other pines. Stiff, dark green needles are in clusters of 3.
Dwarf Weeping Blue (Colorado) Spruce (Picea pungens 'Pendula--tree form)'
Twisted Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus 'Torulosa")
Comopact Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo 'var. mughus')
Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum)
Amur maple (Acer ginnala)
Redbud in snow