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Zone 4 Beauty – FineGardening


Today we’re visiting with Matthew Kunnari, who gardens in chilly Zone 4 in northern Minneapolis.

close up of big bluestem flowers with garden view behindGrass flowers are wind pollinated, so they lack the showy large petals of those that need to attract insect or bird pollinators. They are still beautiful, however. These big bluestem flowers (Andropogon gerardii, Zones 4–9) clearly show the dangling anthers shedding pollen.

close up of purple Millenium allium flowersAllium ‘Millenium’ (Zones 4–8) is a fantastic perennial, and the bees clearly agree. Here they are busy working the flowers for pollen and nectar.

view of backyard garden from aboveHere’s a view of the back garden from above in summer.

close up of Sea holly flowersSea holly (Eryngium planum, Zones 5–9) is a biennial or short-lived perennial. What a cool floral display!

floral arrangement with blue and green flowersThe sea holly looks pretty incredible in a flower arrangement as well.

garden in spring with tree covered in pink flowers and yellow tulipsThe winters in Minnesota are long and cold, but this is the reward—everything bursting into bloom and growth at once, with a beautiful crabapple (Malus hybrid, Zones 3–8) in full bloom on the left.

close up of three purple Pasque flowersPasque flower (Pulsatilla sp., Zones 4–8) bursts into bloom early in the spring, and the flowers are followed by silky seed heads that are nearly as beautiful.

close up of liatris bloomsLiatris (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–8)is a wonderful summer-blooming perennial native to the eastern half of North America. Here the typical magenta form is mixed with a white variant.

various flowers in bloom during summerThe liatris growing throughout the garden looks stunning.

close up of Crab apple foliage in fallCrabapples are typically planted for their spring floral display, but how is this for some incredible fall color?

If you want to see more of this garden, check out Matthew’s instagram: @garcongardener

 

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