Tag Archives: Silphium

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 […]

If I Had to Do It Over Again

If I had it to do over again: I was a pioneer in 1998 when I began to plant my prairie gardens in my small- 50’ x 120’- city corner  lot,.  My gardens are mostly all  linear , arranged  on both sides of the public sidewalks, along the edge and side of my back yard […]

July Silphium

July Silphium Few grieved when the last buffalo left Wisconsin, and few will grieve when the last Silphium follows him to the lush prairies of the never-never land.   Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac Silphium stand out in the prairie, not only because of their enormous size, but because of their interesting attributes. I didn’t […]

Best Prairie Plants for Winter Gardens

The photos (of your gardens through the year)  make me yearn for the garden- yet, remind me that this is the season to rest, recuperate, dream and enjoy the beauty of what I see covered in snow. Jean Muntz Best Prairie Plants for Winter Gardens My Front Yard Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) Purple Coneflower  […]

The Big Show Has Ended, but Some Color Lingers On

The big show has almost ended, but some colorful leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers linger  on. Part 1 Herbaceous plants and grasses. The clusters of lavender-blue daisy flowers of Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis) are still in bloom.  It grows 2-4′ tall, blooming from September through early November. The Heath Aster (Aster ericoides), so-called because its […]