posted Aug 17, 2010, 2:29 PM by Unknown user
This Saturday, August 21st, is the Parade of Community Gardens, and the Accord Native Plant Garden
will be featured. The garden is looking excellent these days. A lot of plants are blooming including:
- Brown-eyed Susan,
Three-leaved Coneflower, Rudbeckia triloba.
Native from moist, open wooded areas to the prairies in Minnesota, preferring full
sun. Has three-lobed leaves and smaller (compared to Black-eyed Susan) yellow
flowers with black centers that bloom mid-summer to autumn during the second
year after seeding. This plant is on the Minnesota special concern list
so be sure to only purchase propagated plants from a reputable nursery
Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium. Grows in
stiff-stemmed bunches 1-4 feet high in the tall grass prairies of western Minnesota and the Dakotas
preferring ridges and sandy soils. It has flat hairless blue-green to
reddish-brown leaves with fluffy white seeds, its only means of reproduction,
appearing at the end of the season.
Blazing Star, Liatris aspera. Native to
open woodlands and prairies in Minnesota doing
best in well-drained but moist soils in sunny to lightly shaded areas. Tall
stalks grow to a height of 2-3 feet with narrow foliage. Fluffy purple flowers
“bud” out from the sides and crown of the stem mid-summer to autumn. Attract
hummingbirds and especially butterflies as well as providing seeds for wild
birds at the end of the season.
So be sure to come see the garden!
This week there is also a garden night at Gateway Garden Wednesday at 6:30pm . We'll be doing regular garden activities plus continuing work on the mosaic sign. It's been a few weeks since Gateway had a work night there will be plenty for everyone to do. Come out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.