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The Grand Finale!Chrysanthemum

When you watch a fireworks show on the 4th of July, they always save the best display for last. It’s called the Grand Finale! In flower beds, the Grand Finale is provided by chrysanthemums. Learn how to select and overwinter mums.
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First Editions® Campfire shrub roseBackyard Camping

First Editions® Campfire is hardy, resists diseases, and blooms continuously all summer. Many rose experts believe it is one of the finest roses to come out of Canada.
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Bee on flowerBee Friendly

The undisturbed prairies of North Dakota were once a haven for bees, but the landscape of our state is changing. The oil boom, increased pesticide use and an onslaught of mites are threatening bees. We can no longer take these insects for granted. Learn how to promote bee activity in your yard.
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SedumRadiant and Reliable

Sedum is one of the most drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, hardy plants available. It’s perfect for North Dakota and is especially well-suited for harsh, rocky soils. Get to know these new cultivars and how to landscape with this perennial. 
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Restore the MonarchyMonarch butterfly on milkweed

Monarchs are remarkable but fragile creatures. Their populations have declined by 80% over the last 20 years. We can restore their populations by growing ornamental milkweeds in our gardens.
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Perfect PerennialsFeather Reed Grass 

North Dakota is a prairie state. Our soils and climate are made for growing grasses. That’s one reason why ornamental grasses are perfect for us. They grow fast, look good all year, and are easy to maintain.
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Bee-utiful Landscapes: Growing a Pollinator GardenBee

We can support local bee populations by planting a pollinator garden. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely use pesticides.
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Annual and Perennial Flower Selections for North DakotaConeflower

This publication provides suggestions of flowers for shade and sun, as well as dry and moist sites. It describes tall and low growing plants, and plants suited for massing, naturalizing and fragrance.
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A view from Building a Raised Bed videoBuilding Raised Garden Beds

There are many advantages to growing vegetables or flowers in a raised garden bed. Learn how to build a basic 4-foot by 4-foot raised garden bed.
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