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Great Design Plant: Slipper Plant
"looks great all year and offers an unexpected surprise in fall... Consider this plant as the gift that keeps on giving. “One of the plants we have a hard... Prideaux Design. “It is a fantastic looking succulent, looks great-year round, and is... slipper plant (Pedilanthus macrocarpus) is not only a sustainable gardening godsend... narrow planting areas or featuring in raised planters.” And with a beautiful fall-blooming..."
Great Design Plant: Color Outside the Lines With Harebell
"Plant this Campanula on pathway and patio edges for shots of bright blue from May... choices of plants available in the Campanula genus, but few have the resiliency and native... where many plants do not — in rocky, tough sites. How do you find similar places in... natural plant communities where harebell thrives? Start with the areas around your... for this plant tucked away somewhere and am kicking myself for not planting some in..."
Great Design Plant: Helianthus Maximiliani Attracts Beneficial Insects
Maximilian sunflower’s striking yellow flowers light up the fall landscape and attract pollinators and beneficial insects at a crucial time
"insects. Plant this tall sunflower in informal prairie plantings, butterfly or pollinator... the plants were thicker and still tall. The 3rd year the plants were noticeably shorter... dying, great ideas! I have a friend that used these flowers at her autumn wedding... where you plant these. It's best used on the out skirts of your land as they spread... control. I planted 2 stems in my garden and have a lot of trouble keeping them at a minimum..."
Great Design Plant: Paddle Plant
If you're looking for awesomely strange foliage and low care requirements, this succulent is right up your alley
"addle plant offers high impact even for a succulent. There are more than 125 species... landscape design. It was sold for many years under the name Kalanchoe thrysiflora, and... paddle plant for its easy disposition or eccentric coloring and shape, you're sure... email! Great article I'm partial to most plants we can't grow (northern Europe),... unusual plants she has!! A favorite of snails and slugs.....at least in my garden...."
Great Design Plant: Athyrium Filix-Femina
"well-mannered plant that shines in the shade, lady fern is for you... n. My great-aunt had a beautiful shade garden with beautiful ferns, lilies-of-the... sharing! Great article! Hi janehommel. Thanks for your comment. Many, if not most,... chose and planted and which can be dwarfed by rampant so-called "ladies." Lucky you,... ready to plant 40 or so Lady ferns this fall. I have only one currently. She's sat perfectly..."
Great Design Plant: Wild Bergamot, Friend of Foragers
Nourish butterflies and other winged creatures with the tubular flowers of Monarda fistulosa, a pretty pink native
"native plants and is a delight for bumble bees and butterflies. It can be used in... prairie plantings. Its bushy, upright form means no staking or pruning is required... other tall plants around it. I will try the wild bergamot and plant correctly. :) This... @Holm Design & Consulting LLC Thanks. Those look a lot like some native plants that... similar plant that would work in total shade, zone 7b - sandy soil amended with store..."
Great Design Plant: Little Bluestem Goes Above and Beyond
It thrives in poor soil and provides food and shelter for wildlife. Plus, Schizachyrium scoparium is just a darn pretty native grass
"when you plant little bluestem, you are providing a valuable plant for wildlife and... bus - great to hear about your prairie in the works! Fall is preferred if you expect... This is a great small to midsize native, I use it a lot for its fall color & winter interest... full-size plants. Try to Google it? This is so funny! This stuff grows wild all over... "garden plant!" Hi Jeffrey Wescott, if you are in the US you could try seedsource.com..."
Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Allium Cernuum
"time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Most of the familiar ones are from faraway places:... Best to plant by climate zones, and especially native to your area for best performance... When to plant: Seeds are best planted in the spring; however, planting bulbs in fall... single plant that will grow into a clump as the bulb produces offsets Seasonal interest:... edging plant. Consider using it as a border edging in place of nonnative species..."
Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie
Vivacious orange flowers for you, nectar for the butterflies and bees. Asclepias tuberosa is worth planting for more reasons than one
"worth planting for more reasons than one... important plant to consider for a fall planting for next year’s butterfly garden or if... want to plant something to help monarch butterflies or pollinators in general. Combine... Use this plant massed in perennial gardens, butterfly gardens, informal prairie plantings... July. Planted with geranium "Roxana" and Lady's Mantle. Great flowering perennial... wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ASIN andreaintexas - send me an address to mc..."
Great Design Plant: Lobelia Siphilitica Keeps Its Cool
Great blue lobelia, a flowering native that prefers moist soil, adds a calming blue hue to the late-summer garden
"Great blue lobelia, a flowering native that prefers moist soil, adds a calming blue... lifespan. Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), or blue cardinal flower, flowers... butterfly. Planted in drifts and masses, it is a real stunner for the front or middle... them! And Great Blue is on my *really really want this plant* list. Perhaps my source... The plants grew quite tall and the burgundy foliage was a great contrast to the..."
Great Design Plant: Eupatorium Maculatum
Sculptural, slightly tropical looking and a boon to wildlife, Spotted Joe Pye Weed is a gotta-have plant in many parts of the U.S.
"gotta-have plant in many parts of the U.S.... found this plant and its cousins charming and addictive. It looks good in any season,... I saw "Great Design Plant" and thought to myself "But nothing's better than Joe Pye"... native plant sale (was supposed to be native to Georgia). Planted it in early spring... Benjamin, great article on native plants! Thank you!! My soil is not consistently moist... never planted this miserable plant. I found this Joe Pye at a local nursery this..."
Great Design Plant: Spotted Beebalm (Monarda punctata)
Looking for unusual, long-lasting blooms, low maintenance and deer resistance? Try this self-sowing perennial
"native planting around a vegetable garden. This Eastern native requires little m... filler in planting compositions; it also provides lots of nourishment for beneficial... blooming plants to allow natural self-sowing.... certain plants. More suggestions for plants that are able to handle the clay soil would... clay-adapted plants from the Missouri Botanical Gardens entitled 'Best Plants for Problem... native plants but In my garden it is an annual or at best bi-annual plant that only..."
Great Design Plant: Symphyotrichum Novae-Angliae Ushers in Fall
With bold purple flowers easily accessible to pollinators, New England aster offers loads of interest in the autumn garden
"native plants in the fall garden. Vibrant purple petals and contrasting yellow to... other plants flower this late in the season. Use it in informal prairie plantings... article on a plant often looked at as a roadside weed around here (Rochester NY). I keep... native plants and am rewarded with beautiful color and so many bees and butterflies... garden plants one found at nurseries, that they found under the overgrowth, had usually..."
Great Design Plant: Try Penstemon Digitalis for Showy White Blooms
Bees gather nectar from this North American native while you’ll appreciate its unthirsty nature and soil tolerance
"native plants and are looking for a good introductory plant to try, smooth beardtongue... Beautiful plant. Where can I buy seeds? thank you. Hi Nancy, Here's a native plant... other plants and how it can be used in various garden designs. In other words, zoom... carries the plant: http://www.projectnative.org Husker red Penstemon is a selected variety... seeds planted. They came from a company in Pennsylvania (Northeast Pollinator Mix)..."
Great Design Plant: Prairie Phlox Draws Winged Beauties
Beauty and a sweet fragrance are just the beginning with this spring bloomer. Watch the butterflies and moths descend on it for nectar
"native plant that thrives in most soil types, except pure sand or pure clay. The... tough plant because the people who lived here before me didn't plant it and never... Heather~ great pictures, especially of the hummingbird moth! Thanks Pamela, glad you... grown plants from a local native plant nursery. Pollinator notes. The flowers have... zone)Typical plant communities: Prairies, rocky openings, savannas and woodland edgesWater..."