Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains. We feature plants that grow here and the people who like them.
In our USDA Zone 4 – 5a region, we’d had more intermittent rain than in past years and a cool spring. Our adaptive plants are nearly caught up to the slow warming soil. Annual starts from the greenhouse are the nearby focus in the deck as we catch up weeding in the yard!
Swamp milkweed in a rain garden area are nearly done blooming and seeds are forming. We saw a few monarch butterflies gathering nectar. Monarchs are more prominent on their way back south later in summer. It’s a plus that more people are planting various kinds of milkweed that bloom later for monarchs’ nectar.
Butterfly weed has just started blooming and will continue through the summer.
Yarrow grows well in mass in our dry, slightly alkaline soils. This variety is about a foot. It pairs well with purple catmint that tolerates similar conditions.
Clematis vines have rebounded from earlier deer munches. With mulch at its base, clematis beautifies a fence that hides utilities.
Echinacea have just begun to bloom, and the cone flowers will last all summer. Wishes for all to enjoy summer!
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When you’re ready, more garden bloggers are waiting to show you what’s in bloom these days. Just go to the May Dreams Gardens link in Indiana below. Find the July 15thpost and after enjoying her garden, you will see links to the rest of us with flowers too. Here’s the link: