If you are not quite ready to go all the way…

If you aren’t quite ready to go all the way…

is my most popular power point program with Garden Clubs.  The subtitle is

…mixing native plants with your existing perennial gardens.

The titillating title catches the eye and the sub-title closes the deal.  Members of Garden Clubs already have gardens and to tear them up and start over again is unthinkable.  Starting a new prairie garden in another area, however, is a great idea.

Here are some ideas:

Use Little Bluestem  (Schizachyrium scoparium) as an accent in your garden.

Add Bur Sedge (Carex grayii) to a shade, partial/shade garden with Astilbe.  Native Foxglove Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis) and Prairie Alum Root (Heuchera richardsonii) bloom in the background.
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) makes a stunning counterpoint to Blue Fortune Agastache, a hybrid between a Korean and non-Illinois USA native.

The parkways of this Batavia, IL sub-division are planted with a matrix of Prairie Drop Seed (Sporobolis heterolepsis) and filled in with native Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) and Foxglove Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis) along with non-native daylily and achillea.

I re-did this garden after many of the original plants had died.  I added Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius), Little Bluestem, and Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata) to the existing ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum and Asian grasses.

Native Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea pururea) and Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis) make a charming edging to any garden.

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