Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Elymus trachycaulus – Slender wheatgrass (Su,DM,A,N) 12-40″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light blue-green wide leaves. Slender wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, short-lived, coarse, tufted bunchgrass. Leaves are from 3 to 13 inches long and upto a half inch wide, with basal leaves longer than upper leaves. The culms are erect, ranging from 6 to 48… Continue reading Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Give nature a blanket in winter

and you’ll see habitat everywhere you look Dried leaves as blankets I freely admit I’m not neat or tidy, or organized.  But I like beauty and that usually requires some tidiness or organization. For most suburbanites the fall tidy up means a clearing of dead leaves.  But imagine if we treated our bodies the same… Continue reading Give nature a blanket in winter

Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats grama

sideoats grama

Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats Grama (Su,DM,A,N) 12-36″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light green spiky leaves.  Purple-red spikes form on one side of the stem from late June to early August.   When blooming,  orange stamens and feathery stigmas form from the spikelets. host plant for a number of butterflies and moths; seeds for birds Blooms:  Mid… Continue reading Bouteloua curtipendula – Sideoats grama

Koeleria macanthra — June grass

Koeleria Macanthra – June Grass  (Su,DM,A,N) Sun 3′ – 6′ Tall x 12″ Spread, light green spiky leaves.  Purple-red spikes form on one side of the stem from late June to early August.   When blooming,  orange stamens and feathery stigmas form from the spikelets. seed and cover for birds Blooms:  June to August  (Su) Moisture:… Continue reading Koeleria macanthra — June grass

Seeds for the new Prairie garden

Originally Posted on 4/15/2019. These can be planted this fall. Sideoats Grama Seed (Bouteloua curtipendula) Item #: 21520 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00 Purple Prairie Clover Seed (Dalea purpurea) Item #: 16860 Seed Weight: 1/4 Oz $6.00 Switchgrass Seed (Panicum virgatum) Item #: 27570 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00   Fall Planting: Purchase… Continue reading Seeds for the new Prairie garden

Sporobolus heterolepis – Prairie Dropseed

 Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed This native grass finds its home in much of the US.  Part of the greater Sporobolus genus which includes the sacaton, and muhlenbergia has fine green leaves and grows in a lovely arching fashion.  This slow grower, can take up to four years to flower when grown from seed.  This variety… Continue reading Sporobolus heterolepis – Prairie Dropseed

Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Little Bluestem – Schizachyrium scoparium 2 – 3’H x 12″ Warm season grass.  Green to blue green leaves turn red/bronze in the fall.  And is a standout during winter.  With a fibrous root system, for Colorado its best grown in clay soils.  Will tolerate light shade and is drought tolerant.  Up to 7500ft host plant… Continue reading Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Dropseed and Little Bluestem grasses arrive; soon big bluestem as well

The grasses that will make up the main fill for the prairie substrate  includes two native grasses that will provide both habitat and structure. LITTLE BLUESTEM ( Schizachyrium scoparium) DROPSEED (Sporobolus heterolepis) These little beauties arrived 5/16/2019 The intention was to allow acclimation 2 days in shade of patio and then move to sun. But… Continue reading Dropseed and Little Bluestem grasses arrive; soon big bluestem as well

Foxtail Barley instead of Mexican Feather Grass

I’m looking for a shorter grass that will create movement all summer.   And nothing moves like Foxtail Barley. Imagine these shiny seed heads on a mound the sunlight hits in the late afternoon. Hordeum Jubatum is a grass used extensively at roadsides.  The reason they are not used in landscapes is their great ability to… Continue reading Foxtail Barley instead of Mexican Feather Grass

Finally a space for a bridge and grassland?

Sketch Meadow and Wood from the path entrance

The Vision:  A calming mixture of dry stream and waves of nature inviting grass.  Creating better visual balance is key. When I envision a calm harmonizing place I think of the zen garden.  The subdued palette, natural material and simple symbolism.  I think of  its interactive purpose in bringing you fully into the present moment.… Continue reading Finally a space for a bridge and grassland?