Perennials

Growing Fall Color

By Christina Timm

Fall is a wonderful time of warm, rich colors. From perennials to shrubs to trees it isn’t hard to find a plant that provides the fall color everyone enjoys. Listed below are a few perennials, shrubs, and trees that can be planted and enjoyed for this fall season. All these plants are hardy to withstand Minnesota winters with the proper care and acclimation to your yard. With any new perennial, be sure to water thoroughly during its first year in your yard to ensure optimal root growth. Be sure to keep up on pruning and deadheading to inspire healthy foliage and new growth. Each plant is different, so be sure to talk to a garden center team member to ensure the best health of your plant. For help call 763-420-4400.


Perennials

Minnesota Hardy Mum

We are offering 9 different varieties of Minnesota hardy mums. Thinking about adding a mum to your garden? Right now is the best time to plant mums. For the best quality mum be sure to plant 18-24 inches apart and provide a decent amount of sun. The mum is known for their mass of showy color for the fall season.

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Perennial Rudbeckia

The perennial Rudbeckia can add a pop of gold in your garden. Also known as Black-Eyed Susan for its black centers and yellow petals, this plant blooms from mid-summer well into fall. The Rudbeckia is best planted in full sun to part sun and can be used as a back drop, providing height in your perennial garden.

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Hardy Asters

Hardy Asters are wonderful additions by adding fall color with their sturdy structure. The bright pink bloom is a welcome contrast against yellows and oranges. The Aster thrives on the sun and achieves a max height of 15”. It is a very dependable fall plant and easy to grow.

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Shrubs

Ninebark - ‘Lemon Candy’

This particular Ninebark is known for its bright chartreuse foliage that complements the warm colors of fall. This shrub matures into a compact, rounded shape providing symmetry. This sun-loving shrub is covered with white blooms in the summer and holds its bright green foliage from spring to fall.

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Weigela - Tuxedo

The Weigela Tuxedo is known for its dark purple foliage contrasting well with fall golds and yellows. This compact shrub only reaches about 3’ in height and is great in a smaller area. This Weigela likes sun and is covered with white, bell-shaped flowers that stand out from its foliage.

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Champlain Rose

The Champlain Rose is known for its hardy and disease-resistant nature. The bold, double red bloom is a great way to add a pop of rich color for fall. This rose blooms throughout the summer and reaches about 3’ in full sun.

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Trees

Quick Fire Hydrangea Tree

The Quick Fire Hydrangea tree is known for its compact, ornamental tree form. With rusty pink blooms and bright green foliage, it provides warm tones during the fall season. This tree achieves about 8’ and does best in full sun.

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Technito Arborvitae

The Technito Arborvitae is great because of its dark green, dense foliage. The soft texture of its foliage creates a delicate yet full backdrop for fall-blooming perennials. Provided with the right amount of sunlight this Arborvitae can reach 10’ tall.

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Check out what’s new in our garden center. Our fall collection of plant material is here! Pumpkins and gourds are now available. Straw bales and cornstalks soon to come!

Perennial Grasses: Choosing the right grass for your garden

By: Christina Timm

With a variety of perennial grasses hardy for Minnesota it can be hard to choose what works best for your garden. Grasses can offer interest during all four seasons and they are low-maintenance plants. From variegated to color-changing foliage and feathery plumes we carry an assortment of grasses for every garden in need of a new look. Here is a breakdown of the more popular grasses we carry and what they can offer your garden.

Looking for a grass on the shorter side...?

Carex Flacca - Blue Zinger

The Blue Zinger is know for its whimsical steel-blue foliage  and low-growing nature, making this grass great for ground cover. It is very long-lived and easy to care for. It is paired well with taller flowering plants to accent their bright colors.

Sun to shade:this grass can handle more shade if necessary.

Height: 8-16" Width: 6-12"

Zone: 5-9

Plant this grass in front or in between taller perennials for steel-blue texture.

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Looking for a grass that offers two-tone foliage...?

Maiden Grass - Little Miss

The Maiden Grass provides bright green foliage in the spring time, graduating to shades of red and purple tones in the summer. Red flowers provide seed heads late summer and into fall.

Full Sun

Height: 24-26" Width: 24-36"

Zone: 4-9

Plant this grass as a centerpiece to accent its color-changing foliage and red plumes.

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Looking for a color-changing grass...?

The Blues

The Blues grass is named after its handsome bluish-green foliage that later turns red in the fall. This grass blooms later in the summer but provides silvery seed stalks to complement the color-changing foliage.

Full Sun

Height: 3' Width: 12"

Zone: 3-9

Plant this grass to add clumps of color with other shrub-like perennials.

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Looking for a grass with variegated foliage...?

Avalanche

The Avalanche grass has striking variegated foliage that lasts all season long. With blooms much like the Karl Foerster grass, these plumes add soft texture to the landscape blooming early summer.

Full Sun

Height: 3-4' Width: 2-3'

Zone: 4-9

Plant this grass for a small privacy area around an outdoor gather space.

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Looking for a grass that's easy to care for...?

Karl Foerster

The Karl Foerster grass is popular for its tall, bright green foliage and feathery wheat-colored plumes. This grass grows rapidly in the spring time and blooms earlier than most other grasses providing a long bloom season from early summer well into fall.

Full Sun

Height: 4-5' Width: 2'

Zone: 4-9

Plant this grass around a fire pit or patio for low maintenance care and for a textured back drop.

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So, if you think one or two of these grasses would make a great addition to your garden, stop by and let our team help select what fits your needs. Grasses are predominately a late summer into fall bloomer, which means now is the best time to plant. If planting in a full sun area be sure to water daily to keep your grass healthy and make sure it establishes before winter. It is best to leave foliage as is over the winter and prune back any dead foliage early spring before new growth starts to show, leaving about a couple inches from the ground.

Have more questions about what grasses we offer? Call today for more information: 763-420-4400.