Marty’s Minnesota Garden – FineGardening

Today we’re visiting with Marty Whalen.

I live in the countryside of northern Minnesota on 8 acres of beautiful soil that was once cattle pasture. Not a rock in sight. I raise chickens, so I use a lot of composted bedding to keep the soil healthy. This garden was started in 1998.

Pink flowers of Primula denticulata (drumstick primrose, Zones 2–7) surround the soft yellow of Erythronium (Zones 4–9) in spring.

close up of bright pink peonyA gorgeous peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) is in full bloom in front of a pond. It looks like it might be the classic variety ‘Bowl of Beauty’.

close up of bright purple Siberia irisThis ruffled Siberian iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8) is stunning. Siberian irises are durable, easy-to-grow plants, and newer hybrids have larger, more ruffled, and more diversely colored blooms than the old standards.

close up of Prickly pear cactus with bright yellow flowersNative to dry spots over pretty much all of eastern North America, prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa, Zones 4–9) looks cool all year but really shows off when it blooms in early summer.

close up of deep red Asiatic liliesAsiatic lilies (Lilium hybrids, Zones 4–9) are a group of hybrids that have the widest color range of the genus and are generally easy to grow.

bright purple jackman clematis behind yellow foliageJackman clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 4–8) is a classic old hybrid, first introduced in the mid-1800s, and it is easy to see why it remains popular today. Few plants can match that incredible flower display.

More Asiatic lilies, in every shade of red, are accented with some whites in the back. One lily is beautiful, but a mass of them like this is just incredible.


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