Filed under Perennials and Grasses

Dibbles and Bits

Welcome to Plant Exchange! Here we feature plants in USDA Zone 4-5a on the Northern Plains and the people who grow them. Robins are back and Spring is close, even with snow on the ground. It’s a time to think about plants from last season to repeat or avoid. Gaillardia is a tender perennial here, … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Yankton Area Master Gardener Spring Fling “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow—Forty Years of Gardening” is this spring’s topic. Nurseryman and Yankton Nurseries owner, Jay Gurney, and manager Kathy Weiss are presenters. Missouri Valley Master Gardeners host this annual event. They welcome all Master Gardeners and the public to the Pavilion Auditorium on the Avera Campus, W. … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Loess Hills Wild Ones Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Sioux City Public Library (529 Pierce St, Sioux City) for a special pre-recorded presentation on gardening for pollinators by Benjamin Vogt, owner of the prairie garden design firm Monarch Gardens LLC and columnist at In this slide-show talk, Benjamin takes … Continue reading

Plants on a Winter Walk

It’s this kind of day for bunnies here. For deer and turkeys and other wildlife too. For us humans, though, it’s lots of windshield time, not out in nature. Our local parks exist for helping us connect with nature on a simple walk. Let’s take a walk by a couple of area parks to see … Continue reading

Selecting Garden Seeds

Garden seed catalogs provide plenty of choices for garden seeds to grow as seedlings indoors or to plant directly in the flowerbed or vegetable garden when the soil temperature warms in spring. Seed companies favor different kinds of plants, though they may have similar seed sources, not unlike what you see when visiting independent nurseries … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Events

Garden Shows March 30-April 6         Minneapolis, MN        Minneapolis Home & Garden Show   April 6-7          Sioux City, IA               Siouxland Garden Show   April 27-28      Norfolk, NE                 Northeast Nebraska Master Gardener Plant Fair  

Thinking Spring

Been thinking. What worked well last season to consider trying again? Some of the early annuals and perennials from last year that are memorable here at Plant Exchange were surprises. Daffodils surprise me every year. Out of brown soil and winter decay comes their bright faces. Annual pansies usually perform well in a lingering cool, … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–January 15th

Welcome to the January 15th Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Plant Exchange Blog. Here in South Dakota, the outdoor temperature is -1 degree Fahrenheit now and is not expected to reach Zero today. Indoors, we’re toasty warm and have several plants in bloom to show you. Christmas cactus began to bloom a couple of weeks … Continue reading