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Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and grasses at the Montreal Botanical Ga eclectic-landscape
 

Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and grasses at the Montreal Botanical Ga

Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and grasses at the Montreal Botanical Garden
photo credit: Dave Demers, principal at CYAN Horticulture
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January 30, 2013
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Hello,
Thanks for your question. You are lucky to have a meadow of Little Blue Stem (Schizachirium sp.) close by! My first recommendation would be to try to replicate the conditions existing in that natural meadow.
If you can remove some of the construction sand, that would be a good start. Whatever is left should be deeply incorporated in the native soil and new soil should be brought in and mixed in (it's important not to have layers of different soil). Not to rich, this new soil: grasses get 'drunk' on it and weeds love it too much.
It is possible to propagate this grass from seed. I don't know where you live so cannot recommend exact step-by-step procedure. However, if I were you, I would try plugs or small-size containerized seedlings instead, it is much easier.
Hope this helps, good luck!
    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 7:05AM
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littlebluestem
Hello Cyan Horticulture,
Sorry it has taken me so long to say THANKS! for your reply. I live in a small town in Maine, US. Most landscapers only have experience with planting lawn grass (UGH!). I may need to do the work of transplanting myself. Can you give me the name of nurseries that grow / ship plugs of Schizachirium sp.? I notice you are in Vancouver, B.C.. I had a memorable visit to your beautiful city 15 years ago and was enthralled with the Japanese Gardens at the University. Best to you!
    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 10:46AM
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea cvs, zones 3 to 9), daisies and liatris are some of the best contenders for this job.

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Love the idea of natural perennials mixed with meadow
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea cvs, zones 3 to 9), daisies and liatris are some of the best contenders for this job.
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea cvs, zones 3 to 9), daisies and liatris are some of the best contenders for this job.
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea zone 3 to 9, daisies and liatris are some of the best.
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea cvs, zones 3 to 9), daisies and liatris are some of the best contenders for this job.
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea cvs, zones 3 to 9), daisies and liatris are some of the best contenders for this job.
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea cvs, zones 3 to 9), daisies and liatris are some of the best contenders for this job.
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Numerous flowering perennials make perfect natural companions to grasses. Dotted throughout the composition, they add contrast in foliage and color interest. Asters, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea cvs, zones 3 to 9), daisies and liatris are some of the best contenders for this job.
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