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Autumn Savanna

Autumn Savanna  Many people tell me that they would love to have a prairie garden, but they have too much shade. My answer?  You can have a savanna or woodland garden with a diversity of forbs and grasses every bit as as ravishing as a prairie–just with different plants. Last week I described and showed […]

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Asters

Asters   Last Week in September   “Asters, like prophets, are without honor in their own country.” said Louise Wilder Beebe.  Known as “Michaelmas  Daisies” because they bloom around St. Michaelmas Day on September 29,  asters are held in high esteem by English and other European gardeners, while we in the United States distain them […]

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Blue Blossoms in September

Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight.  John Ruskin  BLUE BLOSSOMS IN SEPTEMBER  I’m going to take a detour from the traditional autumn asters and goldenrods into the less common Bottle Gentian and Blue Lobelia, both in bloom in September with brilliant sapphire blossoms. The Chicago Botanic Garden […]

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Illinois Rose Fall Foliage

November Flowers-The Last Hurrah

November flowers–is that a misprint? No it’s not. The little known Common Witch Hazel blooms in, yes, November, and it will continue into December! Not sparsely, either–every branch is covered with the fragrant, yellow, spidery blossoms. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) grows 10-20′ tall in a wide flat-topped vase shape. Its smooth gray-brown crooked branches give […]

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Mid-November

November always seemed to me the Norway of the year. Emily Dickenson We’re back to Standard Time and the sky begins to darken by 4:00 pm. The leaves are almost all down or else have turned crisp and brown. We were blessed ;ast week with a warm Indian Summer, but that has left us. But […]

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Prairie Dropseed

If you want to start a prairie garden, I recommend that you first plant Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis). If you have a perennial garden, place Prairie Dropseed between the plants. It grows in whorled, arching mound, 2-3′ tall and around. In late July-early August, delicate, fragrant, airy panicles of flowers begin to emerge on stiff […]

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My House in Autumn

Fall may seem an odd time to begin a blog about gardening, but fall is in many ways the best time to start or renew a garden. The soil is mellow, the weather is temperate, and in autumn plants put all their energy into root growth rather than top growth as they do in spring. […]

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