Prairie Garden by Rick

Was anyone else excited to see the sun still in the sky this evening during the commute home? Warmer temperatures, the sun, birds chirping! Am I dreaming?

While I'm rather certain that we may still get at least one more cold snap of the season, I'm definitely thinking Spring. As we sit back pondering all of the yard chores that is ahead of us this coming season, and trying to figure out what we're going to conquer next in the garden, perhaps we can get some suggestions or ideas from fellow members and their wonderful plantings.

These photos are from Rick W. capturing his backyard prairie garden in Downingtown, PA, which he began six years ago. His main herbaceous plants are:

  • Big and Little Bluestem
  • Switchgrass
  • Culvers-Root
  • Butterflyweed
  • Queen-of-the-Prairie
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Blackeyed-Susan
  • Rattlesnake Master
  • Gayfeather

He also has some woody plants on the east side of the garden:
  • Serviceberry
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Virginia sweetspire
  • Summersweet
  • Spicebush
  • Smooth Sumac (volunteers)

He includes birdfeeders with black sunflower seed and thistle seed and a bird fountain.
Summer 2005

Summer 2008


Rick, your pictures are lovely and the gardens are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing these with the other members.

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1 comment:

Nature Nut said...

Rick, do you purchase your plants locally or do you purchase via mail order?