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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


Angelica archangelica (Angelica)

Well-known as a decoration for puddings and cakes, Angelica archangelica is a tall, aromatic, perennial herb with attractive, rounded umbels, up to 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), of white or greenish tiny flowers in early summer.

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Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C Buxton' (Golden Marguerite)

A prolific plant for a sunny border, Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C.Buxton' is a vigorous perennial that will light up your garden throughout summer and sometimes into fall with its abundant blooms of pale, yellow, single daisy-like flowers atop a fragrant lacy foliage

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Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise' (Golden Marguerite)

Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise' creates knee-high mounds of finely divided, aromatic foliage, with masses of pale yellow daisy-like flowers with a mission to flower profusely throughout summer and sometimes into fall.

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Anthemis tinctoria (Golden Marguerite)

Eye-catching, Anthemis tinctoria is a vigorous perennial that will light up your garden throughout summer with its abundant blooms of shining golden yellow flowers atop a fragrant lacy foliage.

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' (Cow Parsley)

Elegant and eye-catching, Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' (Cow Parsley) is a particularly decorative biennial or short-lived perennial. It boasts a rich chocolate-purple, finely cut, ferny foliage topped by abundant, lacy umbels of frothy white flowers with pink bracts.

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Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley)

Adding a delicate airiness to the landscape, Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) is a robust short-lived perennial with abundant and elegant, lacy umbels of frothy white flowers floating atop mounds of fresh green, sharply-cut, pinnate leaves.

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Aquilegia 'Crimson Star' (Columbine)

Aquilegia Crimson Star' is very eye-catching with its long-spurred, bright crimson-red flowers with a white corolla, rising with natural grace above a compact mound of fern-like, light green foliage.

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Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrid' (Columbine)

Award-winning Aquilegia McKana is a tall Columbine hybrid, which features large, brightly colored, long-spurred, nodding, bi-colored flowers in shades of blue/white, red/yellow and various other color combinations involving pinks and purples

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Aquilegia (Columbine)

Relish dappled shade! Aquilegia, commonly known as Columbine or Granny's Bonnet is an excellent garden perennial with attractive clouds of delicate, bell-shaped flowers and a wonderful lacy foliage that emerges early in the year.

Aquilegia alpina (Alpine Columbine)

Alpine Columbine is a compact species with charming, bright violet-blue, bonnet-shaped, nodding flowers (2-3 in. wide; 5-7 cm), which rise elegantly on slender stems above a lovely fern-like, blue-green foliage

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Aquilegia caerulea (Rocky Mountain Columbine)

Award-winning Aquilegia caerulea features huge, long-spurred, two-tone flowers with star-like, creamy white petals and violet blue sepals and spurs. Bushy yellow stamens add a third color. Irresistible!

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Aquilegia canadensis (Canadian Columbine)

Blooming in late spring to early summer, this perennial enjoys a good disease resistance and brightens the shade garden!

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Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen' (Golden Columbine)

Fragrant, Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen' features masses of large, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), bright golden-yellow flowers with long, swept back spurs

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Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine)

Native to Western North America, Aquilegia Formosa, commonly known as 'Western Columbine', features masses of pendent, glowing red and soft yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with straight spurs and bushy golden stamens. They rise elegantly on long, thin stems above a lovely fern-like bluish-green foliage and bloom for weeks from late spring to early summer

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Aquilegia Songbird 'BlueBird' (Columbine)

Very eye-catching with its long-spurred, blue and white bicolor flowers, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), rising with natural grace above a lovely fern-like, gray-green foliage

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Aquilegia Songbird 'Cardinal' (Columbine)

Compact with large upward-facing flowers, Aquilegia Songbird 'Cardinal' is very eye-catching with its long-spurred, red and white bicolor flowers, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), rising with natural grace above a lovely fern-like, gray-green foliage

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Aquilegia Songbird 'Dove' (Columbine)

Compact with large upward-facing flowers, award-winning Aquilegia Songbird 'Dove' is very eye-catching with its long-spurred, pure white flowers, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), rising with natural grace above a lovely fern-like, gray-green foliage

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Blue' (Columbine)

Resembling Clematis flowers, Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Blue' is a very pretty Columbine with its bouquets of spurless double flowers facing upwards for a perfect display

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Rose' (Columbine)

Rising with natural grace above a compact, ferny foliage of blue-green leaves, this perennial blooms profusely for up to 4-6 weeks from late spring to early summer.

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Salmon Rose' (Columbine)

Resembling Clematis flowers, Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Salmon Rose' is a very pretty Columbine with its bouquets of spurless double flowers facing upwards for a perfect display

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Winky Double Red-White' (Columbine)

Very floriferous, with unique double, upward-facing flowers in shades of deep red and white, Aquilegia vulgaris 'Winky Double Red-White' is a fabulous variety of Columbine for both the landscape and containers.

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Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift)

Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift) is a compact, low-growing evergreen perennial with attractive, pink to white, round clusters of tiny flowers born atop slender stalks that rise well above the foliage in mid spring to early summer.

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Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry)

Noted for its attractive glossy red berries and excellent red fall foliage color, Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry) is a deciduous shrub adding multi-season beauty to the garden.

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Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)

Noted for its showy black berries and excellent purple-red foliage color, Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) is a very adaptable, spreading, deciduous shrub which adds multi-season beauty to the garden.

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