There's so much that changes in the MG landscape throughout the year...we thought a plant trial and garden blog was the best way to start sharing "what's new" and "what's happening with all those new varieties" with you! Visit often for updates on how trial plants are performing in the gardens and to see photos throughout the season as we grow and change!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer Is Perfect For American Beauties Native Plants!

Right now our Midwestern prairies come into one of their most beautiful seasons! The purple / pinks of the Echinaceas fade and the warm yellows and oranges of summer pop up as the prairie grows in height and complexity. Look for Heliopsis, Asclepias tuberosa and the soon to be bobbing tall yellow flowerheads on Silphium species.

For summer Garden Center sales, bring a fresh crop of these lovely summer American Beauties into your store. It's not too late to plant, and American Beauties are the perfect solution. Listen to what young gardener, Christian Keller, has to say about American Beauties:


Featured in the video:
  • Amorpha canescens - Lead Plant (full sun, dry soils, 2-3' tall, attracts butterflies)
  • Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Little Joe Dwarf Joe Pye Weed (full-part sun, consistently moist soils, 3-4' tall, attracts butterflies)
  • Silphium perfoliatum - Cup Plant (full sun, moist-wet soils, 6-8' tall, leaf base forms cup which holds water)
  • Dalea purpurea - Purple Prairie Clover (full sun, dry soils, 2-3' tall, attracts butterflies)
  • Echinacea paradoxa - Yellow Coneflower (full sun, dry soils, 2-3' tall, bright yellow)
  • Geranium maculatum - Wild Geranium (full-part sun, consistently moist soils, 1.5-2' tall, lavendar pink flowers)

Learn more about the American Beauties Native Plants Program here:


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