Tara Prairie Dropseed – 1 Gallon Container

Tara Prairie Dropseed – 1 Gallon Container
Tara Prairie Dropseed General Information Tara Prairie Dropseed is a ornamental perennial grass.  It is smaller in size, making it perfect for a variety of landscaping areas.  This grass grows in a more upright, to vase-like fashion than the native prairie dropseed grass.  The grass leaves are fine and narrow, with a very nice medium [...]

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Prairie Dropseed – Native Grass – Gallon Container

Prairie Dropseed – Native Grass – Gallon Container
Prairie Dropseed – Native Grass General Information Prairie Dropseed is a clump forming perennial grass.  It naturally occurs in prairies, meadow and open ground near railroads.  The green foliage is finely textured with hair like leaves. It forms an arching mound of foliage. Fall foliage is golden orange turning bronze in winter. Flower panicles appear [...]

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Prairie Plantings: Improving your Quality of Life

Prairie Plantings: Improving your Quality of Life

There something so simple and calming about the prairie. Growing up in north central Kansas, I knew too well the heat and drought of the plains states.  Even in the shade of the wooded creek bottoms near our house, it was sultry and hot. Later, when I lived in Manhattan, KS, a quiet walk on […]

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Quilled Flowers – Quirky Flaws of Nature

Quilled Flowers – Quirky Flaws of Nature

What are quilled flowers? Flower petals which are rolled or “quilled”. These petals can be found in many plants of the Aster Family, and they are one of my favorite things to collect in the garden. Already, I have several perennials with quilled flowers, and I am looking to add more soon. Nature helps the […]

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Fountains – Adding Serenity to the Garden

Fountains – Adding Serenity to the Garden

Fountains in the garden can bring peace and serenity. The sound and movement of water in the garden is like a symphony in full glory. Water is music, and fountains are the easiest way of adding that music to the garden. They do not have to be huge; they can be as small as a […]

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Favorite Natives (And Nativars) of the Author’s Garden

Favorite Natives (And Nativars) of the Author’s Garden

How many favorite natives can you have? I have been gardening for more than 30 years, and adding natives into my gardens from the very beginning. At my parent’s home in North Central Kansas, I recognized several natives which made their way into my container gardens, and eventually into the landscaping I did for my […]

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Perennial Salvia – May Plant of the Month

Perennial Salvia – May Plant of the Month

Perennial salvia is our May Plant of the Month. I have to admit, this was not one of my favorite perennials for a long time. Mainly because of overuse of 1 cultivar in the landscape. I do not like plants that get too much attention; we need more diversity in our gardens. But now, after […]

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Plants for Winter Interest in the Garden

Plants for Winter Interest in the Garden

Now that winter is finally upon us, I like to look at my garden and think about the future. Right now, the snow is settled over the landscape, and I can see what looks good in it. Plants for winter interest are definitely needed. But we also want plants with multiple season interest. If we […]

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Dry Streams – Adding Functionality to the Garden

Dry Streams – Adding Functionality to the Garden

Dry streams are a way to hide or transform water using locations within the garden. These areas are not rain gardens, but low and sloped spots that water runs through quickly after a rain. It might be the location of the downspout outflow, a sloped spot in a level lawn, or a drainage swale used […]

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