Filed under Perennials and Grasses

Gardener Benefits of Staying Home

Staying home allows us the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of yardwork. It’s a pleasant morning to enjoy nature here at Plant Exchange blog and a second cup of coffee on the deck. The feel and result of the prairie breeze is a feature that second nature in this region. Grasses move in harmony with … Continue reading

Wildflower Garden Thoughts

Lots to consider when growing wildflower seeds so that the plants are suitable for your setting. After thinking about seed mixtures of the region or USDA Zone, what are some other options? Monarch City U.S.A. sign marks a Yankton butterfly plot on a walking trail east of the community gardens and dog park in the … Continue reading

June Garden Party

For a late June garden party, we’d be sure to invite some of these easy-to-grow annuals and perennials of this region. Planters overflowing with Supertunias draw our party guests with color to the front entrance. Annabelle hydrangeas radiate excitement after rain overnight. The Catalpa tree in bloom is abuzz with pollinators. Fragrant lanky milkweed stand … Continue reading

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day June 15th

Welcome to spring fast approaching summer at our USDA Zone 4-5a Northern Plains location. Perennials are now about on season schedule after an unsettled, somewhat cool spring. We depend on the skills of our local nursery for early annuals such as petunias to add color while perennials wake up. Breeze and often wind is a … Continue reading

Peonies of Spring

Peony flowers are eye-catching in bloom in the yard and as cut flowers. The perennial is long-lived in this region if given adequate growing conditions and requires minimal care. Some pay respects to relatives that have passed with a visit to the cemetery about this time of year. Growing on a gentle slope by a … Continue reading

Columbines and Spring

Columbine flower is an example of spring beauty in its delicate flower detail. Yet the hardy columbine genus Aquila is Latin for “eagle” and was so named for the spurs behind the petals that may bear a resemblance to eagle’s claws. Seventy species of columbine give lots of choices for color and form. Columbine blooms … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

Spring is here! Leaves and flowers emerge at Plant Exchange Blog. We’re USDA Zone 4-5a in this region, probably the last frost is past, and temperatures are warming. Trees and perennials seem to think so. The Japanese maple tree now has leaves, and miniature blooms are gone. Japanese maple is edge-of-zone for this region, and … Continue reading

Dancing with Daffodils

Here at Plant Exchange Blog, the snow is mostly gone today, frosty days and nights appear to be declining, and daffodils are in bloom. As with Wordsworth, our hearts also dance with the yellow daffodils! Daffodils are members of the amaryllis family that are native in southern Europe. The bulbs were planted in ancient Greece … Continue reading

Earth Awakens

First signs of spring are the most memorable. It makes winter yard clean up almost fun! Finding a perennial that emerges to grow again fills me with hope. In this world, being among the first is a kind of vulnerability that many plants avoid. After all, here at Plant Exchange Blog, we will probably reach … Continue reading

Beginning Good-Bye to Winter

Good-byes to winter begin. Yesterday the force of extreme prairie breezes lifted stocking caps and waves pushed blocks of ice onto shore at Lewis & Clark Lake on the Missouri River. It’s 40 degrees F. and much calmer today. We go for a walk at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, USDA 4-5a. Much too soon … Continue reading