From Indoors to Outdoors: Maximizing Summer Blooms with Early Spring Bulb Planting

Planting spring bulbs indoors before transferring them outdoors can be a smart strategy for gardeners aiming to enjoy earlier blooms of spring planted bulbs in summer. As the weather warms up, transitioning these pre-planted bulbs outside can expedite the growth process, leading to vibrant and colorful flowers. Embracing Early Spring Bulb Planting The Importance of Read More »

The Tip Often Forgotten: Explore Pottery for Optimal Houseplant Health

Exploring various types of pottery materials for houseplants opens up a world of possibilities for plant enthusiasts. From classic terra cotta to modern bamboo and self-watering pots, each material offers unique benefits and aesthetic appeal to complement different indoor plants. Understanding which pottery type suits specific plants best can enhance the overall growth and health of your green companions. In this informative piece, we will delve into the characteristics of terra cotta, glazed pots, and container characteristics, providing insights to help you make informed decisions for your houseplant collection.

Spring Flowering Perennials

These perennials bloom during the early growing season and are a welcome sight after a long-cold winter. Mix these spring flowering perennials in with your summer and fall-blooming flowers for a show of sequential blooms all gardening season. These early blooming perennials can also help pollinators get food before the trees start blooming and also Read More »

Animal Repellents and Plant Protection

We all love animals but sometimes they go where we don’t want them to or damage our landscapes and gardens. They can chew, eat, scratch, and damage plants throughout the year. When animals get hungry, they may not spare much. Protecting your plant investment is about protecting them from extensive damage that will severely stress Read More »

Starting a Vegetable Garden & Resources

Congrats on starting your vegetable garden journey! There has been a huge increase of people wanting to grow their own food as well as flowers, pollinator plants and converting lawns to native species so you’ll find a large community, including us, that can help you with all your trials and celebrate your successes. This post Read More »

Seed Starting

Smell the soil and see the plants grow new leaves! You can experience new life by starting seeds, also known as sowing, indoors this winter! Each plant packet will tell you when to sow the seeds but most will be started late winter through early spring. Reasons to start your own plants from seed: Next, Read More »

Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Blooms

By planting fall bulbs now, you’ll be greeted with a warm and blooming welcome that will take your breath away. The anticipation of watching your garden come to life with spring blooms is simply thrilling. When to Plant Plant your fall bulbs when overnight temperatures start dropping to around 40° F overnight or 6-8 weeks Read More »

Pollinator Paradise: Creating a Garden Haven for Bees, Butterflies, and Birds

Transform your garden into a vibrant haven for bees, butterflies, and birds with our guide to pollinator-friendly gardening. Discover the importance of native plants and learn how to attract a diverse array of pollinators throughout the growing season. Explore plant examples suited for Minnesota’s Zone 4a and 4b, ensuring a colorful and thriving outdoor space for both you and your pollinator friends.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Asparagus Roots in Your Home Garden

Planning to grow asparagus in your garden but not sure where to start? Our latest blog post breaks down the process into manageable steps, guiding you through selecting the perfect site, preparing the soil, and planting asparagus crowns. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, our step-by-step guide will ensure your asparagus bed is set up for decades of bountiful harvests. Discover the joys of growing this perennial favorite and enjoy the fresh, crisp spears right from your backyard. Read on to transform your garden into a haven for asparagus!

Digging Into the World of Spring Planted Vegetables: Potatoes and Onions

Whether you are a beginner looking to start your gardening journey or an enthusiast seeking to expand your knowledge, this informative guide will walk you through different potato varieties, onion options, and essential tips for a fruitful vegetable garden this spring. See the potato and onion varieties we commonly carry at the end of the Read More »

Aster Yellows

As with most disease and pest problems, accurate diagnosis is the important part of controlling a problem and doing so responsibly. In this case, the image shows aster yellows disease on a purple coneflower. Aster yellows is a disease that is spread through insects that suck on the sap of plants. In most cases, it’s Read More »

Landscape Design Using Perennials

In this Elements of Landscape Design Series post we are focusing on landscape design using perennials to accomplish your landscape vision. Incorporating perennials into a garden is a wonderful way to add beauty, diversity, and longevity to your outdoor space. Perennials are plants that live for more than two years, returning year-after-year, and they come Read More »

Common Insects Found On Houseplants

If you are a houseplant parent, it’s inevitable that you will have to deal with insects at some point. It’s important to keep on eye on your houseplants and check the tops and bottoms of leaves when you can to make sure you don’t have an infestation of the common insects found on houseplants and Read More »

What You Should Know About Raspberry Plants

Summer-bearing raspberries and fall-bearing raspberries are two types of raspberries that differ in their fruiting habits and growth patterns. Here’s some information about each: Summer-bearing raspberries: Fruit production: Summer-bearing raspberries, as the name suggests, produce fruit during the summer season. They typically bear fruit on the second-year canes (also called floricanes) that grow during the Read More »

Summer Plant Care & To-Dos

Pest Control: Be on the lookout for signs of pest damage, such as holes in leaves or wilting plants, and address the issues promptly. Japanese Beetle damage is usually seen starting end of June, which looks like your leaves have turned to lace. Like to do your own research? Get additional help identifying insects, weeds, Read More »

Landscape Design Using Evergreens

In this Elements of Landscape Design Series post we are focusing on landscape design using evergreens as a sustainable plant that is one of the most versatile plant groups. Partnering evergreens with shrubs and perennials Evergreens create structure, pretty living privacy screens, backdrops, form, texture and rhythm. A single evergreen can be a focal point Read More »

Spring Blooming Shrubs

These shrubs bloom during the early growing season and are great design backbones to any garden or landscape. Add these spring blooming shrubs behind a summer blooming garden to have sequential flowering. All blooming shrubs require part-sun to full-sun for best bloom production.

Weather acclimation of plants

Acclimating plants grown inside or in a greenhouse is called hardening off. Hardening off thickens the cuticle of their leaves to avoid access moisture loss and strengthens tender young plants. If you are planting potatoes, onions, asparagus, strawberry bare roots, or anything completely under the soil you do not need to take these steps. Slowly Read More »

Deicing Salt Tolerant Plants

When you live in a state that has snow and ice it’s inevitable that part of the yard will be exposed to deicing salts when the snow melts. As the snow melts the salt is incorporated into the ground water that the plants use when the ground thaws. The accumulation of salt will inhibit the Read More »

Juglone Toxicity Info – Resistant and Susceptible Plants

Black walnut (Juglans nigra) and Butternut trees and closely-related species produce a toxic substance, Juglone, which can be harmful to plants growing in areas nearby the trees or their root systems which can be 50’-60’ radius for large trees. Juglone toxicity inhibits respiration in susceptible plants and the effects can include stunted, retarded or deformed Read More »

Plant fall bulbs indoors for late winter blooms!

Be ahead of the spring and get indoor blooms in late winter! Forcing fall bulbs to bloom indoors is a simple way to enjoy color before there is any outside. Watch our YouTube video to get visual examples and quick instructions. First time forcing bulbs? Try Daffodils or Hyacinth first. Bulbs that work best with Read More »


It’s end of summer relaxation time and to treat yourself before winter comes! 10 Treat Yourself Ideas: Go get MN grown apples and make an apple pie and other baked goodies! Find local MN grown apples near you. Read at a local park. Have a campfire with friends and eat s’mores. Sit quietly and enjoy Read More »

Container Rescue Steps

Mid-summer is a great time to clean up or redo your annual containers. Here are a few steps to follow to refresh and rescue your annual containers.

Pollinator Planting Guides

Support for pollinators is a joint effort – a partnership. As of July 2022 Monarchs are now at critically low populations. As a flagship pollinator – one that attracts attention because of it’s beautiful colors and easier tracking methods – this news is a wake up call that we are losing pollinators at a fast Read More »

What to plant for a pretty spring yard

Planting spring flowering plants in the fall creates an even prettier spring yard! Flowering spring bulbs can even show their blooms when snow is melting on the ground. Here is a list of plants that give us a show early-to-late spring. From spring through fall, anytime you add plants, you’ll be happy you did because Read More »

Bring houseplants indoors for winter

As the temps start to cool and the leaves start to fall outside, we need to start bringing in your houseplants to create a plant oasis to enjoy all winter long. Once the overnight temps are consistently dropping below 50°F,  bring your houseplants indoors to avoid damage and stress to your plant. If you have Read More »

Easy Fall Planting

Fall is the second-best time to plant – with some saying it’s the best! We typically have late-summer and fall sales. Check out current plant sales here. GARLIC Garlic is one of the easiest to crops to grow. Garlic is planted in the fall late September or early October. They start to grow their roots Read More »

Plants improve your space!

Plants are a wonderful addition to our lives because they connect us with nature, which improves our mental health. Here are the top 5 reasons that plants improve your space. 1. Breathe Easier Indoor plants will improve air quality by removing carbon dioxide, benzene, and up to 90% of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can be found in Read More »

Late Summer through Fall Garden and Landscape Tasks

It’s late summer and fall is around the corner. Slowing down, enjoying time in the garden and eating delicious fresh produce are the reasons this is a fulfilling time of year. If you are wondering what you can do in the garden, here are a few garden and landscape tasks and tips. PLANT CARE Watering:Keep Read More »

Minimize Japanese Beetle Damage

Japanese Beetles are serious pests in both the adult and the larval grub stages.  The adult beetles are above ground, feeding, mating and laying eggs from mid-June to early August. The white ‘C’ shaped grubs spend the rest of the growing season eating the roots under your lawn. If you do notice leaves that look Read More »


IT’S NOT DEAD. IT’S DORMANT. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s an important message. If you see brown turf grass like this *image*, don’t worry. What we should worry about is what drought means for the water supply and our ground water level. We’re happy to give you good news! The same as dormancy Read More »

Top 8 ‘Tough as Nails’ Perennials

When it comes to plants, reliable is a characteristic we love! This is our top 8  ‘tough as nails’ perennials that will come back every year and tolerate a wide array of conditions. We would like to mention, even though they are tough, it doesn’t mean they can be completely neglected of nutrients, sun, and Read More »

Blight Resistant Tomatoes and Prevention

All fresh tomatoes are great but those of you who are looking for tomatoes that are blight resistant, look no further! Brief description of blight: Blight causes sudden yellowing, wilting, spotting, or browning of new leaf growth, fruit, stems, or the whole plant, depending on the severity. It spreads by fungal spores that are carried Read More »

Digging Deeper – Late Spring Gardening

“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.” –  Gertrude Jekyll, On Gardening This post is about late spring/early summer gardening tips and things to Read More »

Early Spring Yard and Garden Tasks

The desire to start gardening and enjoy outside is hard to suppress. Each spring will bring us new weather patterns and it’s best to take Nature’s cues when it comes to accomplishing these yard and garden tasks YARD AND GARDEN TASKS: 1. Wait to clean up dead perennial matter until temps are consistently around 55F-60F. Read More »

Shamrock Plants – Luck’o the Irish!

This post is dedicated to the lucky Shamrock Plant! The official plant of St. Patrick’s Day! Oxalis Info You may call them Shamrock plant, but it’s latin name is Oxalis regnellii. These plants are part of the wood sorrel family, Oxalis, and you can even see other cultivars in the wild that are hardy in Read More »

Choosing a Christmas Tree

We start the season of festive greenery early at Drummers Garden Center and Floral. Christmas Trees, as well as spruce tops, wreaths, garlands, and evergreen bundles including cedar, pine, and juniper are in around mid-November. We know some of you wave your magic wand of decorations as soon as you can and others fully enjoy Read More »

Winterizing new evergreens and trees

Wrap New Trees We recommend new trees, also known as saplings, are wrapped with a protective tree wrap or vinyl guards end of October to help protect against sun scald and frost crack. If you tree does experience winter damage it’s not necessarily terminal for the tree but can increase chances of disease and insect Read More »

Landscape Shrubs for Autumn Color

Discover beautiful fall shrubs for your garden now! We can help you choose plants with amazing autumn colors. Don’t wait, add these shrubs and keep the colors going all the way to the snowfall! Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac This sumac grows about 6′ wide and 6′ tall and the foliage is beautiful all season Read More »

TOP 5 TIPS for Summer Plantings

1.MOST IMPORTANT! – WATERING Proper watering is vital to plant survival. Proper watering doesn’t mean watering everyday. At least 1″ of water a week spring through fall season is the recommended amount. Frequency will vary depending on type of soil you have. For example, clay soils need infrequent yet thorough watering. This is because the Read More »

Step-by-Step Amaryllis Bulb Planting

Amaryllis bulb planting is super simple and one of the easiest houseplants to take care of after they are done blooming. Watch our quick video on how to plant a single Amaryllis bulb or read the steps below! Find the after blooming care instructions on he bottom of this post. After Blooming Care: As you Read More »

Spruce Top Style Ideas

Styling a spruce top container can be a lot of fun but sometimes daunting if there are so many options! That’s why we put together three styles for you! Add or take away what you want or grab the whole decoration bundle while in the store when you are getting your evergreens! Without any further Read More »


Originally red, poinsettias are available in a huge variety of sizes and colors. The best tips for keeping poinsettias in good shape are: keep them out of drafts, allow them to dry slightly between watering, and be sure to empty excess water from the bottom tray or cover provided when you purchased it. Here is Read More »

Easy Care Houseplants

Connecting with nature is important especially since it’s easy to be disconnected from it these days. Houseplants in the home or office have proven to improve mental health and keep that connection with nature. We get that not everyone can be a perfect plant parent and take care of ALL varieties of houseplants. This gallery Read More »

Top 10 Perennials 2019

Back in January of this year, the full-time staff went to the Northern Green Conference up in the Twin Cities for continuing education and to see what is new for this year in landscaping and gardening. One of the more popular sit downs was the Top 10 lists of perennials, shrubs, and trees. Since June Read More »

Vacation needed! Tips to help your outdoor plants while you’re away.

We all need to get away once and awhile! Some plants may do just fine with a longer vacation away like succulents and established drought tolerant plants. There are others, especially plants in containers, that need more attention before you leave and while you are away.   Here are a few ideas if you will Read More »

Acidic Soil Loving Plants

Three Plant Needs Water, Sun, and Soil (Nutrients). Where does soil pH level come in? Plants need nutrients and have a balanced relationship with elements in the soil which will contribute to the health of plants. Plants also have pH level preferences. The soil pH level can affect the uptake of nutrients. Depending on the Read More »

Gardening by the Moon – A Fascinating Lore

We have all heard of the moon effecting the water tides but have your heard of it effecting soil moisture? From The Farmers Almanac, gardening by the moon “is an age-old practice of completing chores around the farm according the the moon phases and that the moon governs moisture.” Growing in Popularity It is growing Read More »

Winter Houseplant Basics

It can be a tough time for our plant babies due to the cold, dryness indoors, and lack of sunlight but it doesn’t take much to keep your plants healthy if you know what they are needing at this time. Winter houseplant basic care in the winter is simple and the rules below should help Read More »

Holiday Houseplants

These Holiday houseplants are great for a fresh finishing touch to your decorations or great to give as a gift! With some care these houseplants can live all year-long, year-after-year. 1. Poinsettia When you see Poinsettias, you think Christmas! The bright colored foliage of the Poinsettia instantly adds the joy of the Holiday season into Read More »

Living Soil – What is it?

Living soil is all about diversity. Diversity of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms breaking down organic matter that produces nutrients for plants to use. Who knew it was all of those things that makes a soil healthy…a living soil! First, let’s talk about healthy fungus and bacteria. Mycorrhizae is “a fungus that grows Read More »

Beneficial Bugs

We may view bugs as a nuisance because they are eating our plants or intruding in and around our homes. The Spotted Wing Drosophila or Japanese Beetle are two examples of pesky bugs that can cause damage to our beloved plants. I could go on and on about bugs that cause us major gardening headaches Read More »

What to do with all those Herbs!

We plant a variety of herbs and then we realize we have an over-abundance of herbs towards the end of growing season! This quick list of ideas might help you when you when we want to try a new cultural dish, add some freshness to cooked or baked dishes, or maybe you want to have Read More »

Creating Winter Interest

The garden and landscape is an important feature of the home even in winter. Consider what you will look at through your windows as you cuddle indoors. Here’s a great article from the Minnesota Horticultural Society’s Northern Gardener Magazine to guide your thoughts as you design your landscape to include interesting things to look at Read More »

Plant Toxicity – A list of plants safe for pets.

Among the questions many of us have when we set out to purchase a houseplant or landscape plant is whether or not it will harm pets. Nobody wants a sick or injured pet or a veterinary bill. Check out the ASPCA’s extensive list of plant toxicity. Their database sorts by cats and dogs. Furthermore, you Read More »