At Home on the Range
This week’s guest on Ken Druse – REAL DIRT is the guru of the prairie, Neil Diboll, who has been providing plants and seeds for home gardens and grassland restorations for nearly 30 years through Prairie Nursery. We talk about reducing lawn and other benefits of planting grasses and forbs (non-grass flowering plants). Neil tells how to make a prairie garden, meadow, establish plants, maintain the planting and more.
I don’t have a prairie garden. In my area, a meadow would be more appropriate due to a moister climate and less extreme high and low temperatures. But I do grow some prairie and meadow plants like blazing star (Liatris spp.), Echinacea, and a particular favorite, the seven-foot-tall, silvery-leaved Rudbeckia maxima (right), which is putting on a great show right now.
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