Filed under Perennials and Grasses

Regional Plant-Related Event

Minnehaha Master Gardeners Present MASTERS IN THE GARDEN 2019 Join us in the gardens to learn first-hand about gardening practices and techniques! SESSION 3 – Hostas, Hostas, and More! Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Come & Go) Richard & Janice Dickey Gardens 1305 South Gordon Drive, Sioux Falls Pre-registration is not required.  The … Continue reading

Revitalize Raised Bed Soil

Revitalizing the soil in raised beds is our Plant Exchange Blog topic today. It’s mid-August and we’re glad that butterflies are becoming more abundant. Our flowerbeds had three issues we wanted to address this spring. Garlic chives had overrun most, and part of another bed and the hoe or chemical was not enough to remove … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

August 31st, 2:00-4:00pm:  Pollinator & Monarch Tagging  (26924 480th Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108) Time to celebrate the Pollinators of South Dakota. The day will include special presentations at the amphitheater and come and go activities near the visitor center. A monarch maze, seed bombs, activities and more! The event is free to attend with … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Events

August 10th, 10:00am-12:00pm:  Sidewalk Seminar on Native Plantings in Boulevard  (2301 S 3rd Ave ((31st St & 3rd Ave)), Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Sidewalk Seminar and Garden Tour Hosted by Boyd Mcpeek, Strong Towns Member “Interest in native plants has increased recently because of publicity surrounding the plight of Monarch butterflies and native pollinators such … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– July 15th

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 … Continue reading

Sweet as Nectar

One way to be pollinator-friendly in our neighborhood is to select plants for our own yard that supply pollinators with nectar and pollen.  So many native pollinators are at work on a sunny early summer day in the Northern Plains. Bees of all sizes are busy yet stay mostly in the background. This is true … Continue reading

Thoughts About Garden Photos

Paul Harens is a retired Yankton High School language arts and social studies teacher who now has time to learn more about photography. His interest in plants goes back to childhood and he combines gardening and preserving what he sees. Harens is self-taught but also learns from others in the Yankton Area Photography Club. His … Continue reading

Celebrate Summer with Pollinators

Long days of summer are here! We also celebrate National Pollinator Week. We care about a pollinator-friendly environment. Here are three concrete ways we can make choices to benefit pollinators: Provide food for pollinators. Include a variety of tree or shrub, perennial and annual flowers you have seen attracting butterflies and bees in your yard … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–June 15th

At Plant Exchange blog, we celebrate Spring with delicate peonies. Long-lived peonies are a perennial staple of the Northern Plains. Colorful blooms are commonly 3 inches in diameter. No wonder they are among early favorites for flower bouquets. Peony shrubs grow well in temperate climates, USDA Zone 3-6 or so. The buds require chilling temperatures … Continue reading

Dependable Perennials– Peony and Columbine

In spring, greenhouses feature the latest new flowering plants and gardeners are eager to plant them. If the new introductions are perennials, perhaps they will grow again next year in local environmental conditions. What a comfort though, to see perennials emerge from dregs of winter in one’s own yard, years in a row. What a … Continue reading