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New, Colorful Coneflowers 'Cheyenne Spirit' coneflower

Purple coneflower will always be a mainstay in Dakota gardens, but new hybrids with brighter colors and unique flower shapes are drawing a lot of attention. 
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The All-Star Pollinator MagnetBee on butterfly weed

Butterfly weed will bloom all summer in vibrant shades of tangerine orange, yellow and red. The flowers are full of nectar and pollen, making them irresistible to butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. It's the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year. 
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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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Invite Butterflies to Your Yard!


Butterflies will delight you with their brilliant colors and delicate movements. It's easy to attract butterflies. Give them what they desire: sunshine, flowers, water and a place to rear their young.
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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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Featured Publications and Videos

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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Butterfly GardeningButterfly

This publication provides information on identifying butterflies, understanding their life cycles, and establishing a garden to support them as caterpillars and adult butterflies. 
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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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Growing Cut Flowers for MarketCut sunflowers

This publication includes the factors to be considered when undertaking the cut flower business. This includes knowledge of the target market, choice and culture of crops, management of labor, input costs and available resources.
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RudbeckiaFlower Gardening

Learn the basics on how to prepare, plant and take care of flowers.
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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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Additional Publications

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Video icon  Pollinator GardensHandoutsPerennials by Flowering Season and NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification.

Video icon  Amazing AnnualsHandoutPresentation Summary

Video icon  Grow a Bouquet of GladiolusHandoutGiddy Over Gladiolus

Video icon  Gardening Without Removing the Sod. Part 1 and Part 2.


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