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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.


Prairie and Meadow Guides

Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels' (Yarrow)

With a soft palette of pastel colored flowers, Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels' is a stunning Yarrow with masses of long-lasting flower clusters, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm), in glorious shades of red, pink, yellow, orange, salmon, lilac, purple and white.

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Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow)

Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow) is a graceful perennial wildflower which produces an abundance of huge, flat clusters, 5 in. across (12 cm), packed with 20-25 creamy-white flowers.

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Achillea sibirica subsp. camschatica 'Love Parade' (Yarrow)

Native to Siberia, Achillea sibirica subsp. camschatica 'Love Parade' (Yarrow) is an upright, tufted, perennial with large umbels of soft pink flowers with pale yellow stamens from early summer to early fall. Attractive to butterflies, the charming blossoms rise atop an equally attractive foliage of bright green, almost shiny, leathery, dark green, lance-shaped leaves. Good-looking, compact, bushy and heat loving, this eye-catching beauty enlivens any sunny corner of the garden.

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Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern)

Incredibly attractive, Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern) is a deciduous or semi-evergreen, perennial fern with graceful, bright green fronds which open like the fingers of a hand atop upright, shiny, purple-black wiry stems. Each finger is further divided into a series of triangular segments (pinnules).

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Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair)

Incredibly attractive, Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair) is a deciduous fern, almost evergreen in mild areas, with broadly triangular fronds composed of many small fan-shaped segments. Emerging in late winter to early spring, the new fronds display a charming salmon flush before maturing to fresh spring green.

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Agastache 'Black Adder' (Giant Hyssop)

Eye-popping, this Agastache will add color and a lovely spiky texture to your garden. Hummingbirds will thank you for it!

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Agastache 'Summer Sunset' (Hummingbird Mint)

Set your borders aglow with this spectacular Agastache! 'Summer Sunset' features warm, sunset-orange hues all summer that will not fade in the summer's heat. Eye-popping, it will add color and a lovely spiky texture to your garden or containers. Hummingbirds will thank you for it.

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Agastache (Hyssop)

A wonderful perennial that adds color and a spiky texture to your garden! Agastache are beautiful, aromatic herbaceous perennials, rich of many qualities: broad color palette, lovely vertical lines, abundant blooms, drought and heat tolerance, great versatility

Agastache foeniculum 'Alabaster' (Giant Hyssop)

Its long flowering season, showy flower spikes, licorice-scented foliage, low maintenance and deer resistance explain its great popularity among gardeners

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Agastache rugosa 'Golden Jubilee' (Korean Mint)

Luminous, Agastache rugosa Golden Jubilee' (Korean Mint) is an upright, clump-forming perennial with attractive spikes of fragrant, tubular, lavender-blue flowers from midsummer to early fall. Adding lovely vertical lines to the landscape, they are held over the golden-green foliage of aromatic, lance-shaped leaves.

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Agastache rugosa (Korean Mint)

Agastache rugosa (Korean Mint) is a short-lived, erect, herbaceous perennial with eye-catching purple flower spikes, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), held over a light-green aromatic foliage of stiff, toothed leaves. Edible, the leaves exude an anise scent when crushed.

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Agastache rugosa F. albiflora (Korean Mint)

Tall, Agastache rugosa F. albiflora (Giant Hyssop) looks ravishing in a border with its lovely creamy-white spikes held over a light-green aromatic foliage which exudes an anise scent when crushed.

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Agastache rupestris (Sunset Hyssop)

Agastache rupestris features sweetly fragrant, tubular salmon-orange flowers with purplish calyxes all summer. Eye-popping, it provides an outstanding garden performance and adds color as well as a lovely spiky texture to the garden. Hummingbirds will thank you for it.

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Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (Carpet Bugle) is a creeping perennial prized for its short spikes of fragrant, deep blue flowers and very glossy, near-black, scalloped leaves. Blooming in late spring to early summer, the flowers rise above the contrasting, spreading rosettes formed by the leaves, putting on an eye-catching display.

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Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' (Carpet Bugle)

Fast growing, Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its blueberry-blue flowers and thick leaves, which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes. Emerging with a bronze flush in mid-spring, the small but weather resistant, green leaves contrast nicely with the lavender-blue flower spikes

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Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Carpet Bugle)

Fast growing, Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous perennial prized for its rich blue flowers and contrasting bronze-tinged leaves, which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes. Ajuga reptans is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover, which will thrive in shady areas where grass has difficulty growing.

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Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Carpet Bugle)

Noted for its wonderful tricolored foliage, Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Carpet Bugle) is a popular low-growing perennial prized for its short spikes of pretty blue flowers and contrasting creamy-white, rose-burgundy, and dark green foliage. Spreading more slowly than many other varieties, 'Burgundy Glow' will form over time a thick mat of attractive, lustrous rosettes.

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Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' (Carpet Bugle)

Award-winning Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' (Carpet Bugle) is an evergreen perennial prized for its large, glossy purplish-bronze leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes.

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Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip' (Carpet Bugle)

Noted for its extremely dwarf habit and chocolate foliage, Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip' (Carpet Bugle) is a ground-hugging perennial prized for its bluish-purple flower spikes on display in mid to late spring. The blossoms rise slightly above the foliage of tiny, glossy, oval leaves which are chocolate with burgundy highlights.

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Ajuga reptans (Carpet Bugle)

Valued as a wonderful spreader making colorful groundcovers with its dense, attractive leaf rosettes, Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans) is a quick mat-forming grower which will thrive in shady areas where grass won't grow

Allium ursinum (Wild Garlic)

More tolerant of part shade conditions than most Aliums, Allium ursinum (Wild Garlic) is a vigorous, bulbous perennial with loose umbels, 2 in. across (5 cm), counting up to 20 star-shaped white flowers. The blossoms are borne on erect, leafless stems and rise above pairs of elliptic, linear, deep green basal leaves. If bruised or crushed, the foliage exudes a strong onion or garlic aroma.

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Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' (Serviceberry)

A compact serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' is an ornamental shrub or small tree which provides multi-season interest. In early spring, before the leaves appear, it produces masses of showy and slightly fragrant white flowers held in upright clusters.

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Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)

A North American native which forms a lovely rounded shrub with small, grayish green, aromatic, feathery leaves and tall racemes of tiny, bluish-purple flowers with gold anthers.

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Amsonia hubrichtii (Narrowleaf Bluestar)

Native to Arkansas, Amsonia hubrichtii (Narrowleaf Bluestar) is an erect, clump-forming perennial which provides 3 seasons of interest with its starry blue flowers in spring, its bright green summer foliage and its charming fall color.

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