When the rest of the garden is winding down, Autumn Joy is just getting started in fall with bright coral/pink flowers that later turn a beautiful rust color for winter interest. This hardy perennial is drought tolerant and not fussy about soil conditions as long as it is not too wet. The plants are just short of 2 feet tall and will form 2 foot wide clumps. The little mounds of foliage are also interesting in spring. All the care that is needed is to remove the old stalks near the ground in early spring before new growth starts. Bees also love this plant and it provides food for them when there isn’t much else. Sedum needs full sun.
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This plant has nearly everything going for it including multiple names. It is also called Lungwort or Bethlehem Sage. Pulmonaria has pretty pink bell shaped flowers appearing in April and May, then turn blue as they age. But even after the flowers are gone the leaves bring beauty to the garden. They are fuzzy and green and have white or silver spots. The leaves are semi-evergreen, persisting well after frost. If they start to look ragged just remove them and new ones will fill in. The plant is only about 10 inches tall but spreads to form a patch. This tough plant tolerates sun or shade and very dry or over wet conditions. It also is deer and rabbit resistant.
Liatris spicata is also known as Gayfeather, Blazing Star or Button Snakeroot
About 2 feet tall and hardy to zone 3 this native plant is easy, does not require watering and attractive to butterflies and pollinators. Its violet flowering stalks are attractive in the summer garden featuring rounded fluffy blooms topping clumps of grassy foliage.
Otherwise known as “Feather Reed Grass” this hardy perennial grass is a vertical powerhouse in the garden at 3 to 4 feet tall. It draws they eye upward and breaks up a daylily garden (for example) where everything is the same height and shape. Weather used as a specimen or to naturalize in mass, it does equally well in a boggy area as it does in dry garden soil. It is one of the first to start growing in spring and one of the first to produce seed heads. The seed heads change colors throughout the season and hold through the winter. Karl is one of the best plants for winter interest in the garden. They are sterile so you won’t get seedlings all over the place and therefor they are also great for arrangements. The way it moves in the wind is also spectacular.
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Cup Plant is a large native prairie plant that catches water at the base of its wide large leaves. The height of its strong square stem depends on how much moisture it gets but average is 6 feet. Birds and insects enjoy the water, but those that drown are actually absorbed by the plant making it “carnivorous”. In summer, yellow daisy like flowers are held high atop the stems and smaller clusters at the leaf margin.$5.00
This native prairie plant is smaller than the better known blue indigo. This is good for a landscape setting as the height is still over 2 feet with a 2 to 3 foot spread. This plant is a member of the pea family with yellow pea like flowers. The plant produces beneficial bacteria from its roots called rhizobia. Baptisia blooms from late July through August and is hardy from zone 3 to 9. The blue green foliage and black seed pods are also interesting. This plant has been used as a dye plant and is attractive to butterflies.$7.00
This ornamental strawberry is improved, with healthy dark green foliage and large bright hot pink flowers. It flowers from April until frost and bears edible fruit.
The plant spreads, like most strawberries, on runners, and forms a ground cover that is great with almost any perennial. The plants can be redirected to grow where you want it to. It’s best to get new plants rooted before cutting the runner to the mother plant.
Lipstick Strawberry was created in 1966 by crossing Fragaria x ananassa with marsh cinquefoil (potentilla plaustris).
The plant prefers full sun to part shade and will grow in any soil that is not too wet. Be sure not to cover the crown with soil when planting. This plant is great in window boxes and containers too.
You get 10 plants for this price.
Dragon’s Blood Sedum is a rapidly growing, zero maintenance ground cover. It forms a dense mat about 5” tall, of fleshy foliage that is green purple in summer and develop a brighter red purple color in cooler weather. The color is also brighter in full sun though the plant will grow in light shade. Foliage holds its beauty far into fall and early winter here in Wisconsin.
The flowers are a brilliant hot pink in summer. The only thing I do to this plant is to remove the dried flower stems when they are done, but this is not necessary for the health of the plant.
These plants will stand up to whatever nature can dish out from heat and drought to extreme cold and humidity. They don’t bat an eye about poor soil, but will be bigger and even more fleshy I better fertility is provided. They also do fine in containers and will spill over the edge. This is one of the only perennials that will survive the winter in a container here in Wisconsin.
The plant is in the middle left of this picture.
This little sedum forms a dense mat of blue foliage that looks like mini Christmas trees. A ground cover for any sunny spot it looks great from early spring to late fall, but it June it develops 8” stems that are topped with bright yellow flowers. Really easy maintenance is its middle name. All you have to do is remove the flower stems after bloom. It will flourish in almost any soil and is great for containers, walls and paths as well.
Sea Holly although it behaves like a prairie plant is not native. It has however been in North America since the 1800’s. I love it for its true blue color. This small thistle like plant has round umbels with bright steel blue flowers and blue-green bracts, on bright blue stems. The color, although quite bright blue also appears somewhat silvery; so this plant is wonderful in the moon garden and as a backdrop for white flowers. This is one of those plants that will live nearly anywhere, but it is best in full sun and sandy or poor soil and not too wet. If placed in shade or overly rich soil it tends to get bigger and flop over. In preferred conditions it stays about 2 feet tall, fuller and upright. This plant is very drought tolerant once established and is also ignored by deer. It is a super easy care free plant, just cut the taller stems from the basil leaves once a year. I usually do it very late in fall. The plant dries really well and holds its color when dried. If using it for wreaths and arrangements wait until the stems and flowers develop their brightest color.$5.00