Category: Flowers and Gardens

Minnesota Perennials, Grasses, and Groundcovers For Uncommon Winter Interest

The average residential landscape uses minimal perennials, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers. This is unfortunate because while they are spectacular when in bloom, that show for woody trees and shrubs is usually limited to no more than a few weeks. In addition to their extended and sometimes repeating bloom cycles, perennials have the unique qualities of elegant winter interest when complementing evergreens and woody landscape plantings. They share these characteristics with ornamental grasses and groundcovers, some of which happen to be evergreen. Most important is that many perennial, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers have stems, seedheads, and foliage that partner with winter

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Pollinator Garden Landscape Design

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood and noticed a patch of lawn that looks different from the others? Maybe it appears overgrown, or perhaps it contains a wild natural beauty that reminds you of wildflower meadows. If you have, there is a chance this was a pollinator garden. With the rise in environmental concerns, pollinator gardens have become quite popular in modern landscape designs. They are a means to use an otherwise unused green space to help the little critters who keep all of our plants growing. But what is a pollinator garden? Can you have a pollinator garden

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Best Perennial Plants for Minnesota Gardens

Perennial plants are a critical component of any successful garden. While planting new and exciting annuals each season can be fun, perennials serve as staples that keep your landscaping grounded. However, every part of the country is different regarding what perennial plants are the best. The most ideal perennial plants for Minnesota must stand up to extreme weather and often not ideal conditions. So, what are the top perennials for Minnesota? We can learn a little more about the climate and which Minnesota perennials are the most suitable for this climate zone. What Are Perennials? Perennial plants are plants that

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10 Timeless Landscape Design Ideas

Landscape design is a practice that seldom follows a predictable path. This is true even for those schooled in a traditional landscape architecture program. There are principles that most adhere to, but the real magic is often uniquely personal, distilled from years of life and client experiences. There are designers with backgrounds in science, engineering, and the arts, all of them accomplished. You should take some of this to heart when working with a landscape designer. Your thoughts and ideas, when blended with others, will make it your own, and quite possibly, more than anyone could have imagined. What follows are

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Holiday Lights Planning Ideas For Festive Displays

  Home for the holidays, I believe I’ve missed each and every face, Come on and play my music, Let’s turn on every love light in the place.    This verse from Celebrate Me Home, a song by contemporary musician Kenny Loggins, captures the feelings many of us have this time of the year. As you know, all it takes is planning and preparation to get with the holiday spirit to make this time as special as you’ve long remembered it. You may wish to arrange elegant seasonal displays of fragrant boughs of green and color to enjoy on warm

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6 Smart and Stylish Shade Solutions For Your Backyard

The sunshine is a welcome addition to any day, but when you want to enjoy your backyard on a hot Minnesota afternoon, a place with good shade is a must. Each home and outdoor living space has a different style and needs, so taking the time to look at all your shading options is key to creating a beautiful and functional backyard. Once you’ve found the perfect kind of shade, spending countless hours outside will be part of your daily routine. Combine Beauty and Function Each home is unique, and your property is no different. Your backyard will need its

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