Tag Archives: Prairie Garden

Christmas Card 2015

I dreamed that, as I wandered by the way, Bare Winter suddenly was changed to Spring.       Percy Bysshe Shelly Peace, Love, and Joy! Merry Christmas                        Pat Hill    

Why Plant Native Plants?

WHY PLANT NATIVE PLANTS?   Native Midwestern plants are sustainable.  They are well-suited to the climate and soil conditions of the area where they are found naturally–they are grown successfully with little effort.  They are adapted to extreme temperatures, blustery winds, and intense sunlight.   They are drought-resistant–once established, after 2-3 years, they need no […]

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower What is the most popular perennial sold in the United States today? It’s the native Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). It’s been in gardens as long as I can remember.  When I was a child, we had a long flower border that divided the front yard with its well-cared for croquet lawn from the […]

Midsummer

And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer.  Shakespeare Henry IV  JUNE 21 Midsummer Midwinter, the Winter Solstice, which we observe as Christmas, is over-celebrated in the United States; while Midsummer, celebrated widely in Europe, particularly in the more northern latitudes, is not observed here at all, unless we count the 4th of July.  In pagan […]

Let This Be the Year

For however democratic a lawn may be with respect to one’s neighbors, with respect to nature it is authoritarian.  Under the Toro’s brutal indiscriminate rotor, the landscape is subdued, homogenized, dominated utterly.  I became convinced that lawn care had about as much to do with gardening as floor waxing or road paving.  Gardening is a […]

Prairie Grasses in Winter

During winter the winds come in crisp and invigorating from across the prairies.  At this season of the year the landscape assumes a dreary look to many who do not understand.  But to others, when the gray arms of the cottonwood are illuminated by the January sun and silhouetted against the blue sky, when sleeping […]

Through the Year 2014 July–December

Through the year 2014 July–December 6/28/14  Classic prairie combination for late June-early July:  Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), and Stiff Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata).  They don’t seem to be as prolific as usual this year, perhaps because it was a rather cool summer, as Midwestern summers go, and […]

Through the Year 2014, January through June

Through the Year 2014   January through June.

October Potpourri

Even though it was somewhat cloudy this morning, I was drawn outside by the kaleidoscope of colors I saw through the windows.  The most colorful of all was the American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) Its leaves have turned to vermillion, cranberry, apricot, and topaz that mix in with lingering chartreuse, while pendulous catkins form along the […]

A New Way of Gardening

Traditionally, the way plants were organized in parks and gardens reflected a culture that liked to order and discipline nature.  Contemporary planting design is not only freer, but also seeks to reflect nature.  It also addresses our concerns about how we garden sustainably and in partnership with nature.  Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury Planting: A […]