<i>Bouteloua curtipendula</i>

For its distinctive inflorescences, colorful fall foliage and phenomenal drought tolerance, this Midwestern denizen reigns supreme. Purplish oatlike spikelets, uniformly draped along one side of the upright or arching stalks, eventually blanch to a straw hue. Enduring a wide range of soils and difficult sites, Side Oats Grama forms erect, wiry light green clumps that broadcast violet, orange and red autumnal shades.

Planted in drifts, meandering amid other medium statured grasses and smaller perennials, a dramatic statement is yours to enjoy, while the birds and butterflies feast on the fodder.

Blooms June – November.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

We wish more plants were like this one! This North American native is tough, drought tolerant, and adds delicacy and movement wherever it’s placed. Slightly iridescent, Mosquito Grass offers tiny seed heads borne atop thin, wiry stems. Resembling aerial minnows, the inflorescences dart above 1 ft. clumps of dense, narrow blades. Plant them next to a garden seat or steps where they can be enjoyed at close range.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 18" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Bouteloua gracilis</i> ‘Blonde Ambition’

Taller and more energetic than the species, 'Blonde Ambition's dense finely hewn tufts provide a blue-green foil for cut-flower-perfect inflorescences, which grow at 90° angles and summon our attention well into winter. The large chartreuse seed heads broadcast eye-catching platinum blonde shades once they mature, waving like splendid flags atop stiff 2 ½ ft. slender stalks. Discovered by David Salmon of High Country Gardens as a chance sport in a Santa Fe, New Mexico garden, this tough heady grass struts golden brown, orange and red foliar autumn colors and shimmers when interwoven with Sesleria and flanked by Hydrangea paniculata 'Mega Mindy'. (pp#22,048)

Blooms June–November.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2-1/2' – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Originally selected by the USDA for its mighty drought abiding persona, this small statured narrow bladed grass was collected in 1957 on the semi-arid plains south of Hachita, New Mexico. The alluring presentation of delicate reddish purple inflorescences morphs into glittery eyelash- shaped seed heads above a trim close-knit grayish green clump and belies ‘Hachita’s tough-guy reputation. Appealing to both birds and floral arrangers, Blue Gamma Grass resents poorly drained wet locales, tackles Black Walnut roots, shallow rocky soil, air pollution plus erosion, and can be nestled into the rockery, a more wild venue or employed as a mowable lawn substitute.

Blooms June–October

Size: 12" – 20" high x 8" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

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Our featured plant: Achillea 'Hella Glashoff'

Amazing Achilleas, Invigorate your summer plantings!

Amazing Achilleas…. These sturdy, dependable perennials produce small indivdual blooms that populate broad, flat flower heads, lending welcome horizontal elements to any garden bed. Ideal for bouquets, fresh or dried, the long-lasting blossoms range in color from alabaster to soft yellow and gold, as well as terracotta, pink and sassy red. Cut back their flowers in midsummer and enjoy a fall encore! Spicy scented, attractive fern-like green or gray-tinged foliage cloaks their strong straight stems. Slowly spreading and somewhat drought tolerant, Yarrow seem to thrive on neglect. They can handle low soil fertility plus coastal wind and salt spray. Be sure to check out our diverse on-line Achillea selections!

Invigorate your summer plantings.… A few simple maintenance techniques will help plants appear fresh throughout the upcoming dog days of summer. The addition of a chipped bark mulch or well-rotted compost, applied as a top-dressing, not only reduces water requirements, but generally makes it easier for plants to maintain perky looking leaves and vigorous habits. A July or early August trimming of long-blooming perennials, such as Nepetas and most Geraniums ensures myriad flowers that will keep on coming ‘til the first frost. Featured in this newsletter, you’ll find the fabulous plants that caught my eye as Boobah and I took our morning walk through the nursery and adjacent display borders this past week. Hopefully, you’ll have room to ensconce several of them in a well-traveled spot. Happy Digging!

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