Shrubs that Thrive in Minnesota

Ryan McEnaney from Woodbury-based Bailey Nurseries introduces us to five shrubs that thrive in Minnesota, including one that literally is a four-season plant.

  • Pink Sparkler Spirea
    • Pink flowers in early summer and again in the fall
    • Need almost no pruning or special care
    • Leaves turn a stunning burgundy color in the fall
  • Little Devil Ninebark
    • Dark leaves accented by purple-white flowers in June
    • Stays compact throughout the year
    • Great as a backdrop to low-growing colorful annuals or in front of your house
    • Needs very little, if any, pruning to keep its shape
  • Firedance Dogwood
    • Clean, green foliage throughout spring and summer
    • Accented by white flowers in spring, followed by white berries that birds love
    • Leaves turn red-purple in fall, gives way to bright red stems in winter
    • Little care required
  • Shining Sensation and Rainbow Sensation Weigela
    • Both have beautiful pink flowers in late spring
    • Great for small space gardens
  • Tiger Eyes Sumac
  • Perfect if you want to add color without much work
  • Leaves are chartreuse in summer; turn yellow, orange and scarlet in fall
  • Great in a container

Note: when putting shrubs in a container garden, make sure to put only one in a container.

These shrubs by First Editions Plants are grown by Bailey Nurseries and distributed to garden centers across the metro. Find a participating retailer near you by clicking here.

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