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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are great additions to every garden. They are low-maintenance, grow in poor soil, add year-round interest, and vary widely in size, shape, conformation, and color. Some grow best in cool weather, others in hot. A few will grow in shade. Some spread from rhizomes and will fill in large areas, while most are clump-forming and stay confined.   ...
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Ferns

Hardy Ferns are the most ornamental of foliage plants, and their near-infinite diversity  guarantees that every garden can make good use of them, they are a must-have for shade gardens. Ferns require little care and will thrive in  many locations that would discourage fussier plants. They are also deer-resistant. Most prefer slightly  acid, woodsy soil and require shade. They are...
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Lilies

Daylilies and lilies like to get their start in the fall. Lilies are bulbs with long, elegant stems and fragrant flowers.Because blooms open at various times, most lilies live one to two weeks. Colors include white, yellow, pink, red and orange; many have a deeper color (freckles) on the inner petal. Daylilies are perennials with long, slender foliage and...
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Irises

Irises are wonderful garden plants. With their elegant blooms and intricate petals, irises are head-turners in the garden. Irises come in many colors such as blue and purple, white and yellow, pink and orange, brown and red, and even black. Many have yellow markings on the lower part of the petals. Plant iris rhizomes in a sunny, well-drained spot...
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Hostas

Shade-loving hostas are one of the most popular and easy-to-grow perennials around. They are come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, color variations, and textures. Plant them in the fall and then watch for tightly wrapped foliage to emerge in early spring. (more…)...
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Strawberries

Strawberry season begins in late May-June and between the beginning of flowering and the fruit ripening runs from 20 to 26 days. Most strawberries spread by runners or bare-root. The plants that you set out are called the mother plants. They send out runners that root and develop daughter plants in mid- to late summer. Space the daughter plants evenly...
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What’s in season. May.

Weather in May in the northern states is changing quickly. Gardens in normally cool climates suddenly appear out of nowhere and demand attention. But this year we still had snow on May 2! And it was the 6th largest one day snowfall in our history! We finally have sun and some nice weather to get outdoors and plant our seeds!...
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Carrots

Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. Available all year round but at their best mid May through  the end of September. In spring - they're particularly tender and sweet, later in the season will be larger and tougher. Some argue that, of all vegetables, carrots that are grown...
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Sorrel

Sorrel, perennial herb that is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable. Another name for sorrel is spinach dock. Sorrel is a very useful herb with a sour taste, the leaves contain a lot of protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, B and K, carotene, and iron. Sorrel has a sharp, lemony flavor - the name derives from the...
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What’s in season. April.

I don't know about where you live, but here in Minnesota, winter is not over yet. It's still cold and even snowing a little today. Last year at this time was nice and warm and we already had planted some seeds in the ground. This year anyone can only guess when spring will come. But all is not lost,...
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