Answer: I actually grew up in your neck of the woods and miss some of the wonderful plants that do grow there, such as sugar or red maple trees, which are glorious in fall or lilacs in the spring. Without knowing more of your growing conditions and what you're trying to achieve, it's difficult to make blanket recommendations. For example, there are many shady woodland plants that will do well, such as hostas. Daylilies have long bloom periods and return year after year if you want to do flower gardening. If you live lake-side, the DNR has a program to help people plant with native species that fill in beautifully with minimal fuss once they are established. You are lucky in that you live in a town with a U of M Cooperative Extension office. I am going to refer you there, as they will have lists of plants that thrive in your area as well as advice for growing them. There is a hort agent on site. They are at 815 15th St. NW, Bemidji, 759-0038. Good luck!
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