Today we’re catching up with Matthew Connery, who gardens in north Minneapolis in hardiness zone 4.
Grass flowers are wind-pollinated, so they lack the large petals needed to attract insect or bird pollinators. However, they are still beautiful. These large bluestem flowers (Andropogon gerardiiZones 4–9) clearly show pendulous anthers shedding pollen.
Elim ‘Millennium’ (zones 4-8) is a wonderful perennial, and the bees clearly agree. Here they are busy working flowers for pollen and nectar.
Here is a view of the back garden from above in summer.
C holly (Erryngium Planum, zones 5-9) is a biennial or short-lived perennial. What a cool floral display!
Sea holly also looks quite incredible in floral arrangements.
Winters in Minnesota are long and cold, but that’s the reward—everything blooms and grows at the same time, with a beautiful crabapple (Malas hybrids, zones 3-8) bloom fully on the left.
Passover flowers (Pulsitella sp., zones 4-8) bloom in early spring, and the flowers are followed by silky seed heads that are almost as beautiful.
Liatris (Latrice Spicata, zones 3–8) is a spectacular summer-blooming perennial in the eastern half of North America. Here the distinctive form of magenta is combined with white.
Lettuce growing all over the garden looks wonderful.
Crabapples are usually planted for their spring flower display, but how about some incredible fall color?
If you want to see more of this garden, check out Matthew’s Instagram: @garcongardener
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