Some Plants for a Prairie Planting
The “prairie planting” style of the current popular Dutch horticulturists includes plants from various German breeders.
Karl Foerster bred tall, hardy plants suited to the northern European climate. He called grasses “Mother Nature’s hair” and one of his best known and popular plants is Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster’ (a form of feather-reed grass).
|Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass|
|Karl Foerster grass in background|
Ernst Pagels developed new varieties of Miscanthus sinensis. Piet Oudolf was a friend of Pagels and uses his plants, among others. Pagels developed Miscanthus Malepartus which blooms in midsummer so people in cooler climates can enjoy the bloom.
|Hoffman Nursery photo Miscanthus Malepartus|
Piet Oudolf likes Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction’ which has bright pink flowers held on thick, dark stems.
Echinaceas, adored by butterflies and bees, thrive on cold winters. They require good soil but, once established, tolerate dry summers. They are easily raised from seed.
|Summer echinacea Bressingham|
A great late summer flower is Helenium 'Sahin’s Early Flowerer’. It is one of the best native perennials for late season color! It displays a profusion of flowers which open deep red then develop orange and yellow streaks on the petals.
The tall stems are excellent for cut flowers. 3 ft tall, pinch back in spring.
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And to create some interest try Eryngium 'Silver Ghost' - Teasel-like pale green flowers, which turn to steely-blue as they mature, are surrounded silvery white bracts.
A biennial plant, it will die after flowering in its second year, but self-seeds freely in a good spot.
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Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavendelturm’ is used by Tom Stuart-Smith and has 6 ft, lavender-blue , upright fingers. They provide important vertical accents to contrast with fine grasses.
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Try some of these for a glorious summer garden!