With our friends at North Creek Nursery in Pennsylvania, we've assembled a 20-plant collection that provides continuous blooms and colorful foliage for months. A warm season bunch grass, Purple Love Grass has panicles of reddish purple flowers that rise above the foliage in late summer. Its narrow, light green leaves turn stunning bronze-red in autumn. Prairie Dropseed features fine-textured, deep green foliage with lovely, light and airy flowers. In the fall, its foliage turns glowing, pumpkin orange. Gilded Lace Coreopsis delivers prolific flowers from late summer through fall. Its lacy, fernlike foliage grows up to 4' tall and is mildew resistant. Pollinators love the clusters of sweetly scented, lavender flowers on Jeana Phlox. Blooming from midsummer through early fall, this phlox possesses outstanding mildew resistance. Raydon's Favorite Aster, one of our most reliable native perennial asters, has a strikingly beautiful mounded appearance with masses of violet-blue, daisylike flowers on 2-3' tall plants. Blooming from mid to late autumn, it is a preferred nectar source for many butterfly species.
Unique CharactersticsPurple Love Grass: You'll fall for love grass when panicles of reddish purple flowers rise above the foliage in late summer. Eragrostis spectabilis is a warm season bunch grass with narrow leaves arranged somewhat randomly in 10" clumps. Attractive throughout the growing season, the light green foliage turns stunning bronze-red in autumn. This grass needs full sun and will thrive in poor, sandy soil or any soil with good drainage. It prefers even moisture but can be quite drought tolerant. Love grass will slowly spread by rhizomes to a width of about 3' and may self seed. Use it alone in mass plantings or intermingle the 24" inflorescences with Rudbeckia fulgida, Ruellia humilis, and Eurybia divaricata. - Mt. Cuba Center Prairie Dropseed: According to wild Niel Dibol, of Prairie Nursery, Westfield, WI, it is "often considered to be the most handsome of the prairie grasses. It makes a well defined and very distinctive border." Fine textured, deep green foliage with lovely, light and airy flowers to 2 1/2" in September and October. Flowers have a slight fragrance similar to coriander. Often has glowing pumpkin orange fall color. Good drought tolerance. Gilded Lace Coreopsis: A selection from the 2015 Mt. Cuba Coreopsis Trials. This winner is represented by Plants Nouveau. It's signature lacy, fern-like foliage proved to be mildew resistant and vigorous in fairly poor soil. This long-legged beauty was formerlly known as 'Lacy Lingerie' during trials in the MidAtlantic.
Formerly Coreopsis v. 'Lacy Lingerie' in the 2014 University of Delaware trials and at the 2015 Mt. Cuba Center trials.
Slow spreader at 2' over 3 years
Incredibly prolific flower display
4'+ tall with fine, feathery foliage
The entire plant is covered in blooms from end to end during late summer through fall. It has a unique lacey, fern-like foliage. Mildew resistant. Tolerant of a variety of conditions, but prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Jeana Phlox: Found by and n