Panicum virgatum – switchgrass

Panicum virgatum – Switchgrass  (F,DM,Any,N, Sun) It forms a dense columnar foliage clump.  It can spread slowly through rhizomes.  Will stand up to winter, with its dense stalks.  Recommended use back border of prairie grass or hedge former. Airy seed heads in fall add dimension.  It is generally found in mesic (moist) conditions and can… Continue reading Panicum virgatum – switchgrass

Sandy Soil Natives

This is my first foray into sandy / loose soils.  Up until this year, most of my gardening has taken place in mature suburban yards.   Places with some pretty ugly clay when you dig down.  Thank goodness for the class I’m taking.  I have learned about sand as a soil and how to work with… Continue reading Sandy Soil Natives

Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea – Pearly Everlasting (Su,D,S,N) 24″ tall x 12 – 36″ spread, mounded with bright leaves and white summer blooms from June to October. *Host plant host plant Blooms:  Summer  (Su) Moisture: Medium to Dry  (M-D) Soil Type: Sand (S) Range: Native (N) Started as: Seed Deer resistant Propagations via seed Plant in thin… Continue reading Anaphalis margaritacea

Ratibida columnifera

Ratibida Columnifera – Mexican Hat / Prairie Coneflower (Su,D,S,N) 12 – 36″ tall x 12 – 18″ spread, fine, lacy leaves.  Yellow to reddish summer blooms from June to September.   Brown columnar center of the flower with yellow drooped rays form resemble a sombrero.  The R. columnifera forma pulcherrima have brownish purple rays. Another common… Continue reading Ratibida columnifera