Plant A Patch: Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

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  Striking purple-blue blooms in the spring followed by unique seek pods later in the summer are the hallmark of this showy, easy to grow native perennial. False indigo prefers full sun, where it will grow 3 – 4 feet tall, but also tolerates some shade .It needs only average to poor soil, thriving in …

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Plant A Patch: Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

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      True to its name, this native perennial will give you a long-lasting blaze of vibrant purple or pink color beginning in late July and continuing into September. Unlike most flowers, Prairie blazing star also known as Prairie gayfeather and Prairie liatris, features a spike of stalkless flower heads densely packed onto a …

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The Quest for Color

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I have to admit that when I was a beginning gardener I ( more than once) designed my annual flower beds based on ideas I “borrowed” from one of the flower beds in front of a restaurant I frequently visited. Even though it was in the blazing hot sun by a concrete sidewalk, it was …

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Plant A Patch: Missouri Evening Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa)

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Blooming throughout the summer, this beautiful native perennial is a lightly scented, evening blooming prize. Missouri evening primrose is perfect as a ground cover or for the front of the bed, reaching only 6 to 10 inches in height. It features 4 to 5 inch yellow blooms that provide nectar for butterflies and moths. It …

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Plant A Patch: Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

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Often maligned and saddled with a nefarious reputation, goldenrod, commonly called showy goldenrod, is an underused native perennial. Contrary to common belief, the pollen from goldenrod does not cause allergies. (That’s ragweed!) Easily grown in dry, clay soil, this full sun perennial has club-shaped clusters of bright yellow blooms beginning in July and continuing throughout …

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Plant A Patch: Large Coneflower (Rudebeckia maxima)

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A beauty in the early to midsummer, Rudbeckia maxima is the perfect native perennial for a full sun spot in your yard. The 3 inch showy, bright yellow blooms with their tall brown cone-like centers emerge in June and July, attracting butterflies to the garden. Because the stems are sturdy and have few leaves, this …

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Plant A Patch: Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

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A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, this clump-forming native perennial sports 8 inch spikes of striking red blooms beginning in July and continuing until frost. In the wild, Cardinal flowers are typically found in wetlands, along the edges of streams and in ravines and ditches. Cardinal flowers require a consistent moisture to thrive which makes …

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Plant A Patch: Round-Leaved Ragwort (Packera obovata)

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    PLANT A PATCH    Because of their commitment to an environmentally friendly and sustainable landscape, the staff at Embassy Landscape Group is proud to introduce The Plant A Patch series. These blogs are designed to introduce you to a variety of lessor known native plants that are of particular value to the landscape.  We …

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What Are Your True Colors: Bringing Color Home

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  This time of year — the few weeks before I can really start planting my flower gardens — I spend hours staring at bare ground in the yard. Most years, I gradually start to envision the finished product and I have a sense of what I want to achieve. This year I am seeing …

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