Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula Rubra)
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): Blooms Early-Late Summer
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium to wet moisture, well drained.
Suitability: Cut flowers.
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts bees and resists deer.
Containers: Yes but only when starting from seeds. This plant will need to be transplanted in the ground.
Sow Depth: 1/4-3/4"
USDA Zone: 3-9
Produces: A 6-8' plant produces a thin central stem, fragrant 4-6” lance-shaped leaflets, and astilbe-like, 6-9" wide panicles (corymbs) of tiny, fragrant, pale pink flowers.
Powder Puff China Aster is a cool weather fall blooming annual flower that is native to China. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2' and features serrated, 2-3” pointed leaves and fragrant 4-6” full, double blossoms in varying shades of pink, white, red, and purple-blue with pale yellow centers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, birds, lacewings, hoverflies, and praying mantis, is deer resistant, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Tall Pompon Blue Moon Aster is a cool weather annual that is native to China which can be found growing on the edges of deciduous forests in the northeastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 20” and features 2-3” wide dark blue disk-shaped flowers that are white in the center. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, birds, lacewings, hoverflies, and praying mantis, is deer resistant, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Bee Balm: Lemon (Monarda citriodora)
Bee Balm: Scarlet (Monarda Didyma)
Bee Balm: Spotted (Monarda punctata)
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
This native prairie biennial forms a rosette of leaves the first year, followed by flowers the second year. It is covered with hairs that give it a slightly rough texture. The Green-headed Coneflower (R. laciniata) has yellow ray flowers pointing downward, a greenish-yellow disk, and irregularly divided leaves.
Purple Coneflower is a native perennial flower that is commonly found growing in moist meadows, woods, and prairies throughout the central and eastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2-4' and features stiff stems, narrow hairy leaves, and 3-4” flower heads with drooping purplish pink petals and a spiny orange center cone. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, provides bird forage, tolerates drought and frost, has medicinal uses, is resistant to deer, and is great as a cut flower!
Dwarf Red Coneflower is a native clump-forming perennial flower that is commonly found growing in prairies, plains, and along roadsides of every state north and south of Utah to Ohio. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 1-3' and features hairy stems, 6” deeply divided green leaves, and long cylindrical cones that have 4-12 droopy petals that are yellow, deep red, or red with yellow streaks. This plant attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, it makes a dye, has medicinal uses, and is great as a cut flower!
Sage: Broadleaf (Salvia officinalis)
Broadleaf sage (Salvia officinalis), also called culinary sage, produces aromatic foliage suitable for kitchen use. The attractive. broad, gray-green leaves remain lush throughout summer, and the plant forms attractive blue or lavender flowers in early summer. Sage grows reliably as a perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 4 to 8, but it can be enjoyed as an annual in other climates. The bushy plant complements both herb gardens and ornamental beds while providing a summer-long harvest of leaves.
Sage: Clary (Salvia Sclarea)
Sage: Kitchen (Salvia officinalis)
Sage: Meadow (Salvia Pratensis)
Sage: Blue (Salvia farinacea)
Sage: Scarlet (Salvia coccinea)
Spider Plant (Cleome Hassleriana)
Spider Plant is a South American annual flower which blossoms not only bursts in a range of white, pink, and purple colors, but they also attract beneficial insects like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This plant produces vibrant green palm shaped leaves that are wonderfully aromatic and it seeds provide forage to birds.