Filed under Trees and Shrubs

This week’s Plant Exchange Blog is a topic people who care for plants in the yard want to know more about. Even if we place a tree or shrub with enough space for it to reach its natural shape, sometimes pruning is needed. A great example of a well-pruned shrub is this lilac. It was … Continue reading

Duke Gardens–What’s in Common?

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, where we feature plants and people who grow them. For some people drawn to plants, visiting a public garden in a new town is a way to get to know more about the people of the area. Our own region has as much in common with … Continue reading

Tree Stumps and Roots

On a hot July day, it takes little convincing to walk in the shade of trees. This Norway maple, about twenty years old, shelters many bird nests this season. The same tree in autumn, displays its colors, adding to the many benefits of such trees on the Northern Plains. But how do we deal with … Continue reading

Springtime Out the Front Door

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog where we see lots of perennials in bloom around us. Some of the magic of spring occurs outside our front door. What is attracting pollinators most at the moment appears to be catmint. You may see a bumble bee in mid cluster of stems now, but butterflies, other bees and … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

So much to see in spring! For this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on May 15th, we chose to feature trees in bloom or displaying their beauty. We are USDA Zone 4-5a here in South Dakota, so first leaves are still appearing on some trees, but most are green by now. Buckeye x Horse Chestnut is … Continue reading

Diverse As Tree Bark

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we share about plants of the Northern Plains and people who grow them. Please join us for a winter walk. A fine thing about winter is how much easier it is to pay attention outdoors.  Distractions of colors are few. In fact, outdoors now is more about hues of neutral. … Continue reading

Dibbles and Bits

This week we have several short plant topics at Plant Exchange. Below you will see how Marlene Johnson stores garden tools by her backdoor entrance to her yard. The next tip comes from Dr. John Ball, South Dakota forester. He shares tips for getting  a oak tree germinated from acorn seeds you collect. Another is … Continue reading