Category Archives: Groundcover

Late Blooming Chelone, Turtlehead

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' AKA: Pink Turtlehead
The aptly-named Turtlehead is a fall favorite! Not only do their beautiful blossoms resemble the shape of a turtle's head, but late-blooming Turtlehead  takes all season to come out of its shell. And it's worth the wait! … Continue Reading ››

Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia macrorhiza (Plains Prickly Pear)
Summer is here! So says the calendar, and so says our patch of Minnesota Native Cactus. Every year the Nursery's outstanding colony of prickly pear cactus announces the coming of summer by going all out with an abundant … Continue Reading ››

Blooming Scilla Bulbs and Ajuga

Scilla, Siberian Squill
The blue floral carpet of Scilla, also known as Siberian Squill, is in full bloom right now. Its azure blue flowers are a hot topic at the nursery and online this week.  Everyone wonders what they are and where they came … Continue Reading ››

Evergreen Perennials and Groundcovers

Image of coral bells
Heuchera or Coral Bells
Our exposed, dormant landscape has strengthened my appreciation for those evergreen and semi-evergreen plants that add winter texture, and color. Perennials and groundcovers such as coral bells, lenten rose, creeping phlox, wintergreen, euonymus, and vinca draw … Continue Reading ››

What’s Doing the Blooming? Honeysuckle Vine

dropmore-scarlet-honeysuckle-vine-close-upHoneysuckle vine, also known as Lonicera, are a classic favorite.  Common supports for honeysuckle vine are a trellis, arbor, fence or other sturdy structure. But don’t let the word “vine” stop you from using these plants as a groundcover or for erosion control.  Stunning is the … Continue Reading ››