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Shelterwood Gardens is a nursery specializing in Minnesota native woodland plants. This includes flowering perennials, grasses, sedges, ferns and spring ephemerals. Many of our plants will grow well in part shade and some demand it. We will also carry native grasses, native flowering perennials, some well-behaved Old World garden perennials, and flowering bulbs for fall planting that do well in part to full sun.

We have a lovely woodland location in the West Metro region of Minneapolis and will be open by appointment for plant order pickup later this spring. We will also have a spot at the Mound Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings from May 22 through June 19, a couple of Saturdays in August, Sept, and October. Feel free to reach out to us via the contact tab at the top of the page.

Enjoy some of our plants in the photos below. And remember, gardens should be pleasurable.

 

Blue lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica, a wonderland of blue spires into autumn. No pests and deer leave it be.

 

Verbena hastata, Blue Vervain -good for wet and medium soils, part shade to full sun. Glorious plant.


Asters in full bloom. Did you know goldenrod is an aster? Zig Zag Goldenrod bottom right.
 
 
 
Echincaea purpurea, common to Eastern Deciduous Forest openings does very well here as does Gray-headed cone flower, Ratibida pinnata. Both love full sun, but can handle part shade.
 
 
 
The name Hairy Beardtongue, Penstemon hirsutus, doesn't indicate at all how delightful this near native plant is in the garden. The blue-violet-purple-periwinkle-white flowers are like soft lanterns in the landscape. A great plant that is native just to our south and east.

 

It would be a shame to have a savanna or woodland garden without the crown-like flowers of Columbine,  Aquilegia canadensis.  The native plant has carmine red and yellow flowers and can bloom early in a warm spring and keep on going into summer if it doesn't heat up too much.



Prairie Clover, Dalea purpurea, is a fantastic plant to speckle your part shade to sun garden with magenta-pink flowers in summer.  Seen here with the minnow-like inflorescence of Blue Grama, Bouteloua gracilis.
 
 
                                                          
I don't see any pollinators on this Rose Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, do you?
 
 

Not all plants enjoyed by insects and humans, alike, are native to our area. The self-seeding Meadow Sage, Salvia x sylvestris, will please everyone with its profuse blooms in various shades of blue, purple, pink, rose, and white. Self-seeds easily an never comes true to its parent hybrid color -revel in the surprise.
 
 
Black-Eye Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, is a biennial plant -start them from seed instead of buying plants! They love disturbed areas and anyplace where it can catch the sun unencumbered by other plants. Native meadows often have many of these at first, then dwindling in the second and third years. These flowers look like they were applied with a painter's brush and bring a lot of joy, so allow it to self-seed and transplant it, or keep a clear area to seed yearly.