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 …

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Plant A Patch: Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)

Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Fall gardens, Fall planting, Native Grasses, Native Plants, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Switch grass, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  Reminiscent of the days of the tallgrass prairie, switch grass, with its upright, columnar shape can be a striking stand alone focal point, a massed anchor for a border, or a backdrop for a rain garden. Reaching up to 6 feet in height when in bloom, switch grass is easily grown in moist, sandy …

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Plant A Grove: Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

Posted by & filed under Native Plants, Native Shrubs, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Shade-loving plants, Shrubs & Trees, Silky Dogwood, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  If you are looking for a medium-sized, hardy shrub with winter interest for the back of the rain garden, Silky Dogwood could be your answer. This native is definitely a four season star with creamy blooms in the spring, berries in the summer, reddish-purple fall foliage and red/brown stems in winter. It forms a …

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Plant A Grove: Leatherwood (Dorca palustris)

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    One of a very few shrubs that not only tolerates but enjoys heavy shade and marsh-like conditions, leatherwood is an attractive garden addition spring through fall. It typically reaches 4- 6 feet in both height and spread so it works well as an understory plant. Bell-shaped yellow flowers appear in March and April …

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Plant A Grove: Wahoo ( Euonymus atropurpureus )

Posted by & filed under Bird Friendly Trees, Fall planting, Native Shrubs, Native Trees, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized, Wahoo, Winter Landscaping

  Adaptable to sun or shade, rich or poor soil, this native shrub is a standout in the fall. Featuring beautiful red foliage and scarlet red berries hanging from green stems, wahoo is a favorite of winter birds. Wahoo is an excellent understory  plant, having an interestingly shaped, irregular crown and spreading growth habit. It …

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Plant A Patch: Indian Pink — (Spigelia marilandica)

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  Glossy green leaves and brilliant scarlet blooms with bright yellow interiors and star shaped petals on the top grace this spring blooming native perennial. Indian Pinks prefer shade and grow in clumps in moist, well-drained soil, although they will tolerate moderate drought. These easy to grow plants tend to reach 12 to 18 inches …

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Plant A Patch: Copper Iris (Iris fulva)

Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Copper iris, Gardens, Native Plants, Naturalizing, Nectar Plants, PerenniaLs, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Sustainable Landscaping

  A perfect plant for use in a rain garden or as a water plant , the copper iris takes its name from its unique reddish-copper color blooms which appear in May and June.Small plants, they typically reach about 2 feet in height. They love full sun, but will tolerate part shade if planted in …

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Why Just Landscape When You Can Rainscape?

Posted by & filed under Grounds Maintenance, landscape management, Landscaping, Native Plants, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Uncategorized, Water Management

It has been pouring here, off and on, for the last week. We seem to have a river running down the middle of the street and matching tributaries by each curb. I’m sure that the sewer system is struggling to keep up with the onslaught. Having seen the applicator trucks throughout the neighborhood the last …

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The Best of the Best: Perennial Plants for Rain Gardens

Posted by & filed under Landscaping, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Uncategorized, Water Management

For the last few weeks we have had almost nonstop grey, rainy days. It’s been unpleasant weather (although nothing to compare to what both coasts have experienced!), but it has also had its benefits. We definitely needed the moisture; much of the state has been just one small step away from drought conditions for a …

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