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Central Plains Gardening 90 Stories

March means cleanup in the garden. It's also a great month to be in the yard, as you won't be tripping over dead plant stems. So get in there and add the ornamental elements you've...
March means cleanup in the garden. It's also a great month to be in the yard, as you won't be tripping over dead plant stems. So get in there and add the ornamental elements you've...
Great Design Plant: Liatris Aspera
Plant native wildflowers if you want a diversity of butterflies. If you want to attract butterflies during their peak season, from late summer into early fall, plant flowers that bloom during that time. Tall blazingstar (Liatris aspera) blooms...
Great Design Plant: Helianthus Petiolaris
Sunflowers can help landscapes focused on attracting pollinating insects and other wildlife through the seasons. The diversity of insects they attract with their pollen and nectar is astounding, and many birds and other creatures feed on...
Great Design Plant: Asclepias Incarnata for a Butterfly Garden
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is one of my favorite milkweeds. It’s a well-behaved, clumping stunner that brings in far more monarch eggs than other gardenworthy species I’ve tried. With wintering monarch numbers in Mexico for 2015 at...
Great Design Plant: Corylus Americana Awakens the Woodland Garden
American hazelnut (Corylus americana) is one of the first native shrubs to flower in spring. Before the leaves emerge, the separate male and female flowers begin to develop on the bare branches. The male flowers, in particular,...
Great Design Plant: Ceanothus Americanus
New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus) is a beautiful native flowering shrub rarely seen in the U.S. East, but it’s a valuable landscaping plant because it stays low without pruning and thrives in dry, lean or rocky soils. New Jersey tea is a...
Great Design Plant: Gentiana Andrewsii
With blooms that never open, closed bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii) is about as different as they come. And those blooms can come in a range of hues, from reddish purple to mauve to dark blue — sometimes in stages as the flower fades, sometimes...
10 Essential Wildflowers for the U.S. Central Plains
Gardening in the central Plains can be both tricky and quite easy. We’re faced with two realities: wind and annual temperatures ranging from around -40 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Plants have to be able to bend and not break, and so do our gardens...
Great Design Plant: Tradescantia Ohiensis Adds Shades of Blue
Blue is a hard color to come by when designing or planting perennial gardens. Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), an eastern U.S. native, helps solve this color deficit by providing clusters of blue flowers in early spring. Use this finely...
Great Design Plant: Amorpha Canescens
This Great Plains native is said to be responsible for that zipping noise homesteaders heard when they plowed up prairies. But trust me, you don’t want to get rid of lead plant (Amorpha canescens), as it deserves far more use in ornamental gardens....
Great Design Plant: Lobelia Siphilitica Keeps Its Cool
You’re probably quite familiar with red cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), but there’s another version you might not know that’s easier to care for and tends to have a longer perennial lifespan. Great blue lobelia (Lobelia...
Great Design Plant: Ratibida Pinnata Flutters in the Breeze
You cannot have a prairie garden without including gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata). A staple in Midwest prairies, this tall, upright perennial is a reliable and carefree plant that thrives in most locations in full sun. The...
Great Design Plant: Staphylea Trifolia Shines in the Shade
The delicate branches of American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) are covered with clusters of nodding white flowers in spring. This underutilized, shade-tolerant, native shrub (small tree) is ideal...
Great Design Plant: Symphyotrichum Novae-Angliae Ushers in Fall
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is one of the showiest North American native plants in the fall garden. Vibrant purple petals and contrasting yellow to orange centers are visually attractive to both gardeners and pollinators. With...
Great Design Plant: Solidago Rigida Brightens Fall Gardens
Gardeners want fall blooms. Insects want fall blooms. I want fall blooms. The goldenrod genus (Solidago spp) is one that will appeal to everyone, and unlike ragweed it won’t cause hay fever (the pollen is sticky and is not windborne)....
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