accent plants / annuals / Container Gardens / spring flowers

Everyone needs a pansy or two at this time of year

The pansies have landed and are at your neighborhood nursery or garden center. Every northern gardener needs to treat their garden and themselves to a pot of pansies as early as possible in the spring. Particularly after the winter we have all just weathered. Pansies will take a little frost, which makes them the ideal harbinger of … Continue reading

gardening / northern gardening / Perennials / shade gardening / spring flowers

When you wish upon a shooting star…

This little Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia) is as much of a late spring treat as lily-of-the-valley or lilacs. A perfect rock garden plant, it tolerates part shade but will also bask in the sun. It is hardy to zone 4. This purple variety is an eye-catching show-stopper that would be stunning en masse. Also available … Continue reading