Red Twig Dogwood
Red Twig Dogwood, Cornus alba
6 to 9 ft Wide and 8-12 ft Tall
Red Twig Dogwoods are native throughout most of northern and western North America. They can be susceptible to a variety of fungal problems like leaf and twig blights, canker, and leaf spots, but these rarely kill the plant.
Uses: Colorful landscape plant in the winter, Red Osier Dogwood was used by native Indian tribes externally and internally to treat diarrhea, fevers, and skin problems.
Hardiness zones: 3-8
Fun Fact: The newest growth on the plant typically gives off the most color. If you want more color in the winter, cut back the entire plant to the ground every 2-3 years in the springtime.
You know, bears and landscapers have one big thing in common. Winter sure is a sleepy time of year.
But this year we are taking a play out of the polar bear book and staying plenty busy! In fact, I know three bears who have big plans for their winter.
Eric has taken up hammer and saw and is working away at designing a 3 bears bird house.
Clare is taking our landscape designs to the next level by learning all there is to know about 3D computer modeling.
And Erica is gathering all the plant nerds to start a whole new 3 bears branch called HortDorks.
Keep an eye out for more exciting updates!
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2-5 ft high and 2-3 ft wide
Sun to part shade
Bloom time is July to October
Perennial in the Aster Family!
Goldenrod is native to Eastern North America. It can be found in woodlands, swamps, meadows, fields, and mountains.
Uses: pollination, gout, joint pain, arthritis, inflammation reducer, and can alleviate a sore throat when brewed into tea
Hardiness zones: 3-8
Fun Fact: The ball that develops in the stems of some goldenrod is due to a parasite called the goldenrod gall fly. The larva grows inside the stem, causing it to widen and form a hard casing around the larva.
There are 45 species of goldenrod in MN.
Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparius
24 inches Tall, 18 inches Wide
Blooms Mid Summer to Mid Fall
Bloom Colors are Reddish/ Purplish stems
Little Bluestem is a warm season grass that does best in well drained soil. It is native to Eastern North America, mainly in prairies, fields, clearings, or hills.
Uses: Prairie Restoration, Erosion Control, Ground Nesting Bird Habitat
Hardiness zones: 3-9
Fun Fact: Some tribes used little bluestem switches in ceremonial sweat lodges. The Lakota word means “small red grass”. Dried leaves and stems were rubbed into soft fiber for moccasin lining and insulation.
I picked this plant because I love how beautiful it is in the fall. Deep purples and reds are very vibrant and it stays standing upright until you decide to trim back for winter. If you don’t want to trim back for winter it offers a great splash of color to your landscape.