Filed under Perennials and Grasses

Decorate for the Holidays with your Plants

We can create our home version of “Holiday Beautiful” with the plants around us from the growing season.  Sometimes ornamental grasses have a second life. It continues to move in the wind as a dried plant in winter. Lights add a festive look at night. Eastern red cedar boughs, some with green berries, stay fresh … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day November 15th

Welcome to a crisp, sunny 46 degrees F. on the Northern Plains. We’re USDA Zone 4-5a in this region, and flowers outdoors are behind us.  These leaves lie beneath a Japanese maple tree. These leaf colors are paint-able but show that the tree didn’t reach its full color before the beginning of fall cold snaps. Some … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

2021 Siouxland Garden Show The two-day Siouxland Garden Show draws more than 2,500 attendees from the tri-state area each year for lawn and garden education sessions and vendor shopping. Many youth, families, and older adults attend our annual event. Following the recommendations of our state universities, we are choosing to be proactive by not hosting … Continue reading

Landscape with Grasses and Companions

On the Northern Plains, grasses move with the wind and blend naturally in an authentic landscape. Miscanthus is an ornamental grass that is dramatic as a specimen plant and as a field of feathery heads.  Some kinds of miscanthus have voluminous roots and are less compatible with other plants. You might not consider this characteristic … Continue reading

Another Look at Late Bloomers

By late September here on the Northern Plains, most plants have had the big flower or fall color reveal. If not, like many maples this year, red leaf color started and halted with hard frosts; crunchy brown leaves remain. Most locust trees had their golden color. Sunflowers had a fine season of showy blooms. Goldenrod … Continue reading

Fall Retreats

As the end of growing season, golden cottonwood leaves define our path as plants get ready for winter. Some of the giant Siouxland cottonwoods, prairie aspen, haven’t lost leaves yet. Ash tree leaves are already matted beneath trees and maples are just beginning to lose their fall green. Little bluestem and other native grasses burn … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in South Dakota. Color is dominant now, but ranges from the subtle of native sumac…  to the bold sun-filled cottonwood tree rising on the left of the photo. Native grasses such as little bluestem and others glow in mass at the entrance to Lewis & Clark Recreation Area by … Continue reading

Celebrating Fall

At Plant Exchange blog, let’s celebrate a relaxing weekend together in early fall with nature’s paintbrush of yellow and red on October 12th, Native American Day in South Dakota. Fall Moment On our rare Monday morning walk, deep blue asters salute orange flames of Indian grass along the Missouri River breaks deer path.  Parting big … Continue reading

Transition to Fall

Today, let’s look at plants in transition on the Northern Plains, here at Plant Exchange blog. Trees are beginning to turn fall colors. Sunflowers are still in bloom at the edge of fields, in flowerbeds, and containers. Pollinators enjoy Agastache and other flowers in bloom. We begin to bring in plants that overwinter indoors about … Continue reading

Watch for Fall Color

Welcome to the beginning of Fall, arriving now in our region.  In this view of the breaks along the Missouri River, deciduous trees and shrubs are beginning to change color. The thing is, this happens whether we notice or not. Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves in preparation for winter, have leaves with green pigment … Continue reading