Grove Nursery Center was named a finalist in our Best of Maple Grove 2019 readers' choice survey.
Grove Nursery knows a thing or two about plants. We chatted with Mariah Myers, who handles sales and customer service at Grove, about what’s new and lovely in landscape varieties. Grove sells wholesale, so you’ll have to tap into a licensed contractor to get its goods … but now you can ask for these green babies by name—in Latin, if that’s your thing!
Autumn Gold Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba “Autumn Gold”
This tree is prehistoric, but its fresh color will add a pop of drama to your yard come fall. And when it drops all its leaves in one day—as it’s known to do—your raking arm will thank you. “These beautiful trees are extinct in the wild, but are becoming increasingly popular in cultivation,” Myers says.
North Pole Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis “Art Boe”
The tight, columnar growth pattern of arborvitae makes a wonderful privacy screen, especially if planted in a row. This one has dark green foliage that’s resistant to the “winter burn” that’s commonly caused by the combination of harsh conditions in Minnesota’s colder months. Try this low-maintenance variety in sun or part shade.
Lava Lamp Flare Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculate “Kolmavesu”
Everyone loves a classic hydrangea, but this one’s “a compact variety with large white flowers that turn a fiery red-pink from bottom to top as they mature,” Myers says. “Low maintenance and long bloom time make this an easy choice for along walkways, borders or small gardens.”
Butterfly Rainbow Marcella Echinacea
Echinacea purpurea “Rainbow Marcella”
This one’s a stunner from late June until frost sets in in late fall. It’s compact and does well in hot, dry conditions—where other plants might not fare as well. Plus, it’ll attract bees and butterflies—but not deer! Can’t argue with that.
Blonde Ambition Bouteloua
Bouteloua gracilic “Blonde Ambition”
A taller variety of a native grass, this beauty has blue-green foliage and seed heads that’ll turn golden-blonde in summer and tan as the weather gets colder—adding an appealing yet natural bit of color and texture to your yard. “It is low maintenance and tolerant of many soil types, but prefers well-drained soil,” Myers says.
9650 Trail Haven Road, Corcoran