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Prairie And Meadow

Add swathes of colorful plants and elegant grasses to your garden and attract butterflies!

Emulated by Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, many gardeners relish the unique beauty of prairie gardens with their extraordinary blend of grasses and sturdy perennials. Fortunately, you can create prairie style plantings and enjoy the fascinating world of prairie plants, even if you don't have endless acres at your disposal. Good drainage and a sunny open spot are the main requirements. Prairie and meadow garden designs employ large swathes of plants where contrasts of height, texture and form are more important than color, and where maintenance is kept at a minimum.

 

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Salvia azurea var. grandiflora (Pitcher Sage)

Salvia azurea var. grandiflora (Pitcher Sage) is a clump-forming, shrubby perennial with beautiful wands of sky blue flowers, up to 12 in. long (30 cm). Blooming from midsummer to frost, the elegant flowering wands are borne on slender stems clad with long, narrow, grayish-green leaves. Hardy, this Salvia enjoys an upright habit until midsummer, but will sprawl over nearby plants when it begins to bloom.

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Abies alba (European Silver Fir)

Abies alba (European Silver Fir) is a large evergreen conifer of conical habit with straight stems densely clad with glossy dark green needles with silvery undersides. The seed cones, 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm), are greenish when young turning to dark brown when mature. The bark is silvery-gray with a scaly texture. Growth is very slow in early years, and then rapid as the tree matures.

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Abies cephalonica (Greek Fir)

Abies cephalonica (Greek Fir) is a large evergreen conifer of conical habit adorned with spreading, erect branches on mature trees. Sharp and stiff, the needles are glossy dark green with two blue-white bands beneath. The seed cones, 4-8 in. long (10-20 cm), are brown when ripe, and disintegrate when mature to release the seeds.

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Abies concolor 'Candicans' (White Fir)

Regarded as the bluest of all conifers, Abies concolor 'Candicans' is a magnificent large evergreen conifer. Forming a dense pyramid when young, it matures to a columnar, highly symmetrical shape with handsome layered branches smothered by long, silvery-blue needles.

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Abies fraseri (Fraser Fir)

Abies fraseri (Fraser Fir) is a medium-sized evergreen conifer of narrow, pyramidal habit with a spire-like crown and resinous stems densely clad with flattened, short, turpentine-scented needles, shiny dark green above with two silver bands beneath. The seed cones, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), are dark purple when young turning light brown with conspicuously protruding bracts. Held upright along the branches, they create a lovely contrast against the deep green foliage.

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Abies grandis (Grand Fir)

One of the tallest firs in the world, Abies grandis (Grand Fir) is a large evergreen conifer of narrow, conical habit becoming round-topped or straggly with age. Its spreading and drooping branches are densely clad with sharp-tipped needles, shiny dark green above with two silver bands beneath. The needles are arranged in 2 distinct, flattened rows. They exude an orange aroma when crushed.

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Abies koreana 'Silberlocke' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Silberlocke' (Korean Fir) is an evergreen conifer of great beauty. It forms a compact pyramid with particularly attractive dark green needles which curl upwards to display their silvery white undersides.

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Abies koreana (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana (Korean Fir) is a compact evergreen conifer that is garden-worthy. Enjoying a conical to pyramidal habit, its horizontal branches are densely clad with short and broad, shiny, dark green needles with silvery white undersides.

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Abies pinsapo (Spanish Fir)

Abies pinsapo (Spanish Fir) is an evergreen conifer of narrow habit in youth, becoming broad pyramidal with age. Usually branched to the ground, it sports beautiful short, sharp-pointed, blue-green needles with broad bands of whitish wax on both sides. They are arranged radially around the stout and very stiff branchlets.

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Abies procera 'Glauca' (Blue Noble Fir)

Stately, Abies procera 'Glauca' (Blue Noble Fir) is a large sized conical conifer with short, bright blue-gray needles on both the top and underneath. In fall, eye-catching, large blue cones, up to 9 in. long (25 cm), appear upright on the branches before turning reddish brown over time.

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Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway Maple)

Majestic, award-winner Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway Maple) is a vigorous medium-sized deciduous tree prized for its large, rich purplish-crimson leaves that last throughout the summer and its purple fruits. Its oval to rounded, dense crown fills with ornamental clusters of reddish-orange flowers in the spring, just as the leaves emerge. They give way to purple samaras. In the fall, the leaves turn brown, dark maroon or bronze before dropping. Excellent as a shade tree or specimen to add accent to the landscape.

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Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Noted for its lovely fall color, Acer rubrum (Red Maple) is a relatively fast-growing deciduous tree of pyramidal habit when young, becoming rounded to oval at maturity. In early spring, tiny red flowers, borne in erect clusters, appear before the leaves and are followed by red fruit. Emerging red tinged in spring, the leaves change to dark green with whitish undersides and often develop dazzling yellows and red in the fall. This Red Maple also provides some winter interest, with its attractive, smooth gray bark, often ridged and furrowed with age.

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Achillea 'Coronation Gold'

Performs like a star! Achillea 'Coronation Gold' is a spectacular yarrow that is extremely easy to grow and provides outstanding results even if neglected.

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Achillea 'Fanal' or 'The Beacon' (Yarrow)

Weeks of rich red blossoms! If you are looking for abundant blooms in shades of crimson for weeks of summer color, Achillea 'Fanal' previously known as 'The Beacon' is what you need.

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Achillea 'Feuerland' (Yarrow)

Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Feuerland' is a compact and gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of blood red flowers delicately fading to soft gold as they mature. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, gray-green fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers. This Achillea is perfect for both the cool or warm borders.

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