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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


Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' (Summersweet)

Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' (Summersweet) is a gorgeous, compact, slowly spreading, deciduous shrub which features bottlebrush spikes of extremely fragrant white flowers which bloom for 4-6 weeks in mid to late summer.

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Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' (Summersweet)

A truly beautiful shrub with distinctive, bright pink, bottlebrush-like, flower spikes, delightfully fragrant and long-lasting (up to six weeks) in mid-late summer. It also provides great fall color with its lustrous dark green leaves turning glowing yellow

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Colchicum (Autumn Crocus)

Perfect for adding a burst of color to the fall garden and ridiculously easy to grow, Colchicum (Autumn Crocus) bears big flowers in shades of purplish-pink and white in September or October.

Coneflowers (Echinacea): Gems in the Garden

Tough as nails, Coneflowers (Echinacea) are wonderful additions to the landscape with their brightly colored blossoms to be enjoyed over a long flowering season. Simple to grow, trouble-free, thriving on neglect, they are reliable performers that are tole

Coreopsis 'Jive' (Tickseed)

Highly floriferous, Coreopsis 'Jive' is a pretty annual Coreopsis forming a bushy clump of green, threadleaf foliage. Blooming continuously from early summer into fall, it produces masses of 1-2 in. (2-5 cm) white flowers adorned with a large, burgundy eye and an orange center. Easy to grow, relatively pest and disease free, 'Jive' adds a punch of color in the garden and decorative containers.

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Coreopsis 'Solanna Golden Sphere' (Tickseed)

Coreopsis 'Solanna Golden Sphere' (Tickseed) is a compact, mounded perennial which produces an abundance of fluffy, brilliant golden-yellow, pom-pom flowers, densely packed with multiple rows of petals. Blooming from early summer to fall, the charming blossoms are borne on upright stems atop the finely divided foliage of light green leaves. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity

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Coreopsis 'Star Cluster' (Tickseed)

Coreopsis 'Star Cluster' is a pretty perennial forming a bushy clump of bright green foliage. Blooming continuously from early summer into fall, it produces masses of creamy white flowers with a small purple fleck at the base of each petal that radiates out to the edge in the cooler months. Requiring no deadheading, it delivers a terrific garden performance with little effort.

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Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Coreopsis, commonly known as "Tickseed", are prized by many gardeners for the bright colors of their flowers and their ability to put up with most garden soils. There are over 100 species available and countless hybrids, including both annuals and perennials. Most of them are low maintenance, drought tolerant and enjoy a long blooming season, generally from early summer to fall, or even longer if deadheaded.

Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (Tickseed)

Noted for its dwarf habit, Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (Mouse Ear Tickseed) is a compact perennial forming a dense, bushy, slowly spreading mat of deep green foliage. Each ovate to lance-shaped leaf features a pair of small lateral lobes, which resemble mouse ears, hence the common name. Blooming profusely from mid spring to early summer, brilliant golden-yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), rise well above the foliage.

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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' (Tickseed)

Coreopsis Grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' is a real champion: Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, AAS Flower Award, Fleuroselect Gold Medal - an incredible cornucopia of prestigious awards! A perennial garden favorite and for good reason.

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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Presto' (Tickseed)

Noted for its dwarf habit and large flowers, Coreopsis grandiflora 'Presto' (Tickseed) is a compact perennial forming a mound of brilliant golden-yellow, semi-double to double flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm). Blooming from early summer to fall, the charming blossoms are borne on upright stems atop the finely divided foliage of dark green leaves.

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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Up' (Tickseed)

Coreopsis Grandiflora 'Sun Up' is a compact perennial which produces an abundance of brilliant golden-yellow, semi-double flowers, adorned with several rows of wonderfully ruffled petals. This is one of the earliest Coreopsis to bloom, beginning in late spring and continuing to late summer if spent flower shoots are removed.

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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray' (Tickseed)

Very floriferous, Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray' (Tickseed) is a compact perennial forming a mound of brilliant, deep golden-yellow, double flowers. Blooming from late spring to late summer, the charming blossoms are borne on upright stems atop the finely divided foliage of dark green leaves.

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Coreopsis rosea 'Sweet Dreams' (Tickseed)

Continuously blooming from late spring to midsummer, award-winner Coreopsis rosea 'Sweet Dreams' is a lovely sight in the garden with its airy mounds of delicate thread-like foliage, covered with a profusion of dark raspberry flowers beautifully white-tipped!

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Coreopsis tinctoria (Tickseed)

Native to the western U.S., Coreopsis tinctoria (Tickseed) is an upright, fast-growing annual with abundant daisy-like bright yellow flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with reddish brown center disks. Blooming from early summer to fall, each blossom feature 7-9 yellow rays, notch-tipped, and spotted reddish-brown at their base.

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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Tatarian Dogwood)

Noted for its striking shiny, deep purple-black stems in winter and multiseason interest, Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Tatarian Dogwood) is a multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub forming a thicket of dark red stems, turning dark purple in winter.

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Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Tatarian Dogwood)

Noted for its stunning bright coral red stems in winter, award-winning Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Tatarian Dogwood) is a medium-sized ornamental shrub with great appeal.

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Cornus alba (Tatarian Dogwood)

Noted for its colorful stems and twigs in winter, Cornus alba (Tatarian Dogwood) is a medium-sized ornamental shrub with great appeal. Rapidly-growing, adaptable to wet soils or dry soils, it enjoys spectacular decorative features

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Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood)

Prized for its lovely flowers and brightly colored fruit, Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood) is a bushy evergreen tree or shrub of spreading habit, forming a low canopy of ovate, leathery, dark green leaves, that may take on purplish and reddish shades in fall. In early to midsummer, showy creamy-white, petal-like bracts surrounding insignificant, true flowers are on display, contrasting nicely with the evergreen foliage. Grabbing the attention, they are followed by clusters of fleshy, strawberry-like, red berries in fall.

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Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree)

Graceful and spectacular, Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree) is a small deciduous tree with beautifully layered horizontal branches. The stems are red and the ovate green leaves are adorned with bright creamy margins. In late spring, small, creamy-white flowers appear in flattened clusters and provide a great floral show.

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Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood)

Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub with 4 seasons of interest. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear. They consist of four narrowly pointed white bracts which surround the center cluster of tiny yellowish-green flowers.

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Cornus sanguinea 'Anny's Winter Orange' (Bloodtwig Dogwood)

One of the best Bloodtwig Dogwood for vigor and winter display, 'Anny's Winter Orange' (Cornus Sanguinea) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with incredible multiseason interest.

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Cornus sanguinea 'Magic Flame' (Bloodtwig Dogwood)

Award-winning Cornus sanguinea 'Magic Flame' (Dogwood) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with incredible multiseason interest. In spring and summer, it bears large, ovate mid-green leaves which happily contrast with the pale orange stems.

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Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' (Bloodtwig Dogwood)

Noted for its colorful stems and twigs in winter, Bloodtwig Dogwood 'Midwinter Fire' (Cornus sanguinea) is a hard plant to beat for a colorful show in the winter garden

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