natives

Favorite Natives: A Look Through the Author’s Garden

Since I was a youngster, native plants of both the prairie and the woodlands have been with me. I hunted them in my family’s native prairie pastures and wandered the woods. They have inspired me more and more through my years. And now, I sit on the board of directors of the Kans
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Top Perennials for Bees & Butterflies – August

August is here with the dog days of summer. The cicadas are singing their wings off in the trees each night, but the pollinators are in full force across the summertime perennials. I have seen the many more monarchs in the past week than in the the previous months combined. With all t
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Lovely Lobelias

I love the different kinds of plants you can find across the Great Plains. There are whole genuses stacked full of exceptional plants for both native and landscaped areas.  One of my favorites is the lobelia genus. Here in Northeast Kansas, I can find 2 of 3 great species growing
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Garden Inspiration by Roy Diblik

Last year, several us here at Grimm’s Gardens attended a lecture by the renown plantsman and landscape designer Roy Diblik in Omaha, NE. Roy’s talk, along with his book “The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden” had inspired several of us to try out his ideas here
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Delightful Switchgrass

As far as Kansas native grasses go, switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is one of the most recognized and most utilized. Little bluestem is the Kansas state grass, but switchgrass is much more used in landscapes. Switchgrass can be used for screening, specimens, massings, and is even utili
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