Through the Year in My Garden 2013

Through the Year in My Garden 2013

30 Jan 2013 Snow frosts the Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) next to the front steps.

25 February 2013  Man-made objects catch the snow.

19 March 2013  Early Spring in northeastern Illinois.  My patio.


15 April 2013  Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucularia) growing amongst Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)  foliage.  Plant  these under trees, so they get full sun in spring and shade in the summer after the trees leaf out.

11 May 2013  Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in my patio.  In nature it is found in woodland.  These are shaded by a tall Black Walnut (Juglans nigra).

31 May 2013  Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) and blooming Virginia Waterleaf(Hydrophyllum virginianum) in my savanna garden.  Both of these are woodland plants.

14 June 2013  Foxglove Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis) and Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) make a stunning combination in early to mid-June.  Add White Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucantha) that also blooms at the same time.


24 June 2013  My front sidewalk with Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), and Stiff Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata).  A classic combination everyone should grow.


4 July 2013  Prairie or Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera) climbing on my trellis.  Even though it’s called “Prairie” Rose, it is a denizen of savanna and grows at woodland edges and in clearings.  The long canes have to be woven through or tied to the trellis.  Or plant it on  a hillside and let the canes cascade down the slope.

27 July 2013  Mid-July to mid-August. The beds overflow with Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea), Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya), Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) and Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), edged with Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis).

19 August 2013 Wild Quinine and Stiff Coreopsis still in bloom, as Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is beginning.

16 September 2013  Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis) and Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) fill both sides of the sidewalk along the west side of my house.

18 October 2013  Mid-October.  Shade gardens peak in spring and fall.

1 November 2013.  The gardens have turned to amber and sepia tones.  My side yard.

Purple coneflower and the trellis are marvelous snow catchers.


Make this the year to plant a native plant garden.

Go Native!

This photo was taken of me in my savanna garden this summer by Jason Kay of Evanston who blogs at Garden in the City.

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