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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


Carex comans Bronze-Leaved (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

Carex comans Bronze-Leaved is a delightful New Zealand Hairy Sedge forming a low, cascading mound of narrowly linear, reddish-brown leaves, with inconspicuous brown flower spikes in late summer.

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Carex flacca (Blue Sedge)

Prized for its soft blue foliage, Carex flacca is a beautiful sedge forming a slowly spreading clump of narrow, arching leaves, blue-green above and glaucous-blue beneath. In early summer, it bears inconspicuous, slender, brown flower spikes, upright at first then slightly nodding over. Reminiscent of the garden carnation foliage, Blue Sedge is a great choice for naturalizing

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Carex flagellifera (Weeping Brown Sedge)

The low mounding form and subtle color of this New Zealand Sedge make it an unusual accent in many plant combinations.

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Carex grayi (Mace Sedge)

With seed heads resembling the medieval spiked clubs, Carex grayi (Mace Sedge) is a very distinctive ornamental grass which adds long-lasting interest in the garden

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Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' (Creeping Broad-Leafed Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' is a deciduous Sedge forming a spreading clump of broadly linear, bold golden-yellow leaves adorned with narrow, dark green edges and streaks. A great choice for naturalizing, it is quite versatile in the garden and terrific in mixed containers.

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Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

Extraordinarily eye-catching, Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire' is also one of the cold-hardier New Zealand Hairy Sedges. It forms a low, cascading mound of narrow, arching, olive-green leaves tipped with bright orange highlights.

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Carex testacea (New Zealand Hair Sedge)

One of the cold-hardier New Zealand Hairy Sedges, Carex testacea forms a low, cascading mound of narrow, arching, olive-green leaves turning coppery-brown in summer and adding warm, orange tints in winter.

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Cenolophium denudatum (Baltic Parsley)

Adding a delicate airiness to the summer border, Cenolophium denudatum (Baltic Parsley) is a lovely hardy perennial plant with abundant and elegant, flat-topped umbels, 5 in. wide (12 cm), of creamy white flowers floating atop mounds of dark-green, semi-evergreen fern-like foliage.

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Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)

Bearing charming and profuse flowers for months, Centaurea cyanus, known as Cornflower or Bachelor's Button, are particularly attractive annual plants with usually double, daisy-like flower heads in shades of blue, pink, lavender, white, and maroon

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Centaurea montana (Mountain Cornflower)

The flamboyant, rich blue flowers of Centaurea montana, known as Mountain Cornflower or Bachelor's Button, are pretty additions to the garden.

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Centranthus ruber 'Albus' (Red Valerian)

Centranthus Ruber 'Albus' (Red Valerian) is a popular upright perennial grown for its showy sprays of airy, rounded clusters of white flowers. Rising atop a bushy foliage of blue-green, lance-shaped leaves, the sweetly-perfumed flowers enjoy one of the longest blooming seasons

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Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian)

Bushy, well-branched, with one of the longest blooming seasons, Red Valerian is a popular perennial grown for its ornamental and showy star-shaped flowers. Fragrant, this border beauty is also easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free and attracts butterflies. What else to ask for?

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)

Prized for its beautiful shape and attractive foliage, award-winning Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree) is an elegant, single or multi-trunked, deciduous tree with an upright, pyramidal form when young, becoming more rounded with age.

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Curly Tops' (Sawara Cypress)

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Curly Tops' (Sawara Cypress) is a dense, compact, globose conifer with bright, steel-blue, twisted foliage and branchlets. Its lateral shoots are curled, revealing the white bands of the needlelike leaves which are surprisingly soft to the touch. Slow-growing, this hardy evergreen shrub has an annual growth rate of 1-2 in. (2-5 cm). Remaining attractive all year-round, this Sawara Cypress provides unusual texture in the landscape and looks charming in rockeries.

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' (Sawara Cypress)

A very popular evergreen shrub noted for its gracefully weeping golden foliage, Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' (Sawara Cypress) is a dense, semi-dwarf conifer that slowly grows into a broad cone of open habit.

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop' (Sawara Cypress)

Brightly colored, Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop' (Sawara Cypress) is a dwarf conifer forming a globose to conical, evergreen shrub, turning into a dense bush of golden threads over time. The gracefully drooping, finely textured, cord-like foliage is bright golden-yellow, particularly in spring when the new growth emerges. The foliage keeps its brilliant color year-round, adding drama in the landscape, particularly in winter.

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Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats)

One of the most shade tolerant of the ornamental grasses, Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats) is a robust spreading deciduous grass. It is noted for its distinctive, drooping seed heads, in late summer, which hang from slightly arching stems and flutter when caressed by the softest of breezes

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Chelone lyonii (Pink Turtlehead)

A wonderful perennial for fall color, Chelone lyonii (Pink Turtlehead) is an upright, clump-forming perennial with abundant terminal spikes of fascinating, two-lipped, pink to rose-purple flowers from late summer into fall.

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Chionochloa rubra (Red Tussock Grass)

A New Zealand native, Chionochloa rubra (Red Tussock Grass) is a graceful evergreen perennial grass which forms a dense tussock of elegantly arching, red-tinted to coppery-red, slender leaves.

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Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' (Plume Thistle)

A very desirable garden plant, Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', commonly known as Plume Thistle, is a tall, branching, upright perennial exhibiting strong, leafless stems with pincushion-like, deep crimson flowers atop a large basal rosette of soft green leaves

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Cleome hassleriana 'Rose Queen' (Spider Flower)

Adding vertical interest and delicate airiness to the perennial border, Cleome hassleriana 'Rose Queen' is a fast-growing annual plant with dramatic huge, loose balls, 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm) of sweetly fragrant, rose-pink flowers with fascinating long stamens that protrude out

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Cleome hassleriana 'Sparkler Blush' (Spider Flower)

Smaller than most Spider Flowers, award-winning Cleome hassleriana 'Sparkler Blush' is a fast-growing annual plant with dramatic large, loose balls, 4 in. across (10 cm) of sweetly fragrant pink flowers with fascinating long stamens that protrude out, giving them a spider-like look.

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Cleome hassleriana 'Violet Queen' (Spider Flower)

Adding vertical interest and delicate airiness to the perennial border, Cleome hassleriana 'Violet Queen' is a fast-growing annual plant with dramatic huge, loose balls, 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm) of sweetly fragrant, rich violet flowers with fascinating long stamens that protrude out

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Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)

Adding a delicate airiness to borders, Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) is a fast-growing annual plant with dramatic large, loose balls of sweetly fragrant flowers with fascinating long stamens that protrude out, giving them a spider-like look.

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