What’s In Bloom Today?

Posted by & filed under Blazing star liatris, Butterfly Gardens, Native Plants, Nectar Plants, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Uncategorized.

Liatris spicata, commonly known as blazing star, is at the height of its bloom right now in Kansas City.     A native wet prairie perennial, blazing star is easily grown in average to medium soil that is well-drained. An excellent choice for rain gardens, blazing star tolerates moist soil during the summer, but will succumb… Read more »

Fall Migration Is Around the Corner — and Monarchs Need Our Help

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Yesterday my Monarch Waystation certification and sign came in the mail; I now officially manage the 25,045th registered stopping point for Monarchs. When we get it mounted, it will be the fourth waystation sign in our larger neighborhood and the first one on our street. I’m hoping that some of my neighbors, especially the synthetic… Read more »

What’s in Bloom Today?

Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Crape Myrtle, Deciduous shrub, Drought tolerant plants, Uncategorized.

Lagerstroemia indica, better known as Crape Myrtle, is bursting into bloom here in Kansas City.       Grown as a  4 – 6 foot upright, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub here in the Midwest, Crape Myrtles sport gorgeous rose, red, purple or white colored blooms typically beginning in July and continuing through September. In milder years however,… Read more »

The Mid-Summer Garden

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My flower gardens are at their peak. They’ve had plenty of spring rain to push lush growth and now the warmth of consistent sunny days is producing bloom after bloom. My hibiscus blossoms are as big as dinner plates, my bright red pentas are the delight of the local hummingbirds and butterflies are flocking to… Read more »