Through the Year 2015
Front steps after a fresh snow January 2015
I forced Dutch Hyacinths for winter bloom. This is February.
March 2015 Winter Aconite (Eranthus hymelis) blooms even earlier than Snowdrops. A member of the Buttercup family, they increase freely, making a welcome patch of gold in late winter. They like winter sun and summer shade. (They are native to Europe, from France to Bulgaria.)
April 2015 Probably my favorite flower–Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) growing next to my south sidewalk where it gets full sum all day.
May 2015 My savanna island with Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) and Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadense) in bloom. It gets shade in morning, sun in afternoon.
June 2015 White Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucantha) is an elegant showy plant. Its tall spikes of waxy white pea blossoms bloom from early June until early July on smooth purple-green stems that rise above the open shrublike plant in my west side sidewalk garden.
July 2015 The narrow, reflexed, pale pink petals of Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) bloom from mid-June through mid-July in my front parkway in all day full sun. It grows up to 40” tall.
September– same photo as January. Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa), Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata), and Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) bloom within a matrix of Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis), also in bloom, on the south side of my house in all day full sun.
October. Tawny shades of fall: copper, apricot, honey, and burnt-sienna in my new bed in my west side parkway: Prairie Dropseed, Culver’s Root, Wild Geranium, and Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum leave) are colorful now. This bed gets mid-day full sun.
November The coppery blades of Prairie Dropseed combine beautifully with the ruby leaves of Wild Geranium in my new garden next to the sidewalk on the west side of my house. Full afternoon sun.
December A heavy snowfall outlines the branches of my Redbud (Cercis canadensis) that grows over my patio.
Happy New Year to all.
Resolve to plant more native plants in your yard this year.