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Xeriscape Gardening

Xeriscape gardening is a hot topic this year… and a more water-efficient way to garden. Worldwide, as well as in the Midwest, we have experienced extremes of heat and drought in recent years. By embracing this method of gardening, we can reduce the amount of water used by choosing to use more native plants.

 

However, xeriscape gardens shouldn’t only center around ‘water frugal’ plants, but instead, include a combination of native plants (including trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials) that have evolved over thousands of years. ‘Natives’ are better adapted to our Illinois climate and soils with long tap roots and extensive root systems. They also have a symbiotic relationship with specific pollinators and wildlife because they have evolved together.

 

Once established, gardens with more native plantings won’t require as much or any extra watering, thereby saving time, money and natural resources. Your garden will be full of the sound and movement of pollinators as they are drawn to these specialized native plants.

 

NATIVE PERENNIAL PLANT LIST through the seasons… 

SPRING

Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

 

SUMMER

Wild White Indigo (Baptisia alba)

Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

 

SUMMER/FALL

False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)

Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Rattlesnake Master (Erynginum yuccafolium)

Purple Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpurea)

Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera)

Smooth Blue Aster (Symphotrichum laeve)

 

FALL

Elm-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia)

New England Aster (Aster novae angliae)

Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii)

 

NATIVE GRASSES

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis)

Little Blue Stem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Gray’s Sedge (Carex grayi)

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

 

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