Nancy Rose

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Phone: 612-673-9073
Nancy Rose is a horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension. To ask her a gardening question, call 612-673-9073 and leave a message. She will answer questions in this column only

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Annuals for hot, dry spots

I have a strip close to the street where I'd like to plant annual flowers. The soil is not too...

Updated: March 27, 2009, - 10:04 AM

Hints of spring

A number of shrub willow species (Salix spp.) bear fuzzy silver-gray catkins in late winter or early spring. These showy catkins appear on male plants and often stay in the cute "kitty" phase for several weeks before a burst of yellow pollen-bearing stamens cover the catkins.

Updated: April 15, 2008, - 07:48 PM

Shade in full

Why would you care about a shade tree in February? In Minnesota our shade trees go bare for nearly half the year, so it's worth considering a tree's winter appearance.

Updated: February 19, 2008, - 06:13 PM

Evergreens spruce up landscape

Though often overlooked, evergreens are the workhorses of the winter garden, adding color, structure and interest, blocking wind and creating a year-round screen.

Updated: February 12, 2008, - 03:50 PM

Top seeds

Even if you're a veteran seed starter, here are some new plants you might want to try inside later this winter or right in the garden, come spring.

Updated: February 05, 2008, - 03:21 PM

Polka-dot plant

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Updated: January 30, 2008, - 01:31 PM

Catalogs plant big ideas

Now that it's garden catalog season, you can shop with abandon - and caution.

Updated: January 22, 2008, - 05:35 PM

Festive wintergreen

WINTERGREENGaultheria procumbensWintergreen, a shrubby evergreen ground cover, displays its festive combination of glossy green leaves and bright red fruit from...

Updated: December 31, 2007, - 01:12 PM

Picking the family tree

Fresh Christmas trees are a renewable, enjoyable resource that can be recycled in your garden. Here's how to make sure you get the right tree for you.

Updated: November 27, 2007, - 05:03 PM

Boo-tiful plants

From witch hazel to ghost weed, eyeball plant to spiderwort, there are plenty of scary names in the plant world.

Updated: October 30, 2007, - 02:32 PM

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