Name My New Border!

All my beds and borders have names, though most are rather pedestrian. There’s the Sidewalk Border, the Driveway Border, the Patio Border, etc. The most evocative name I’ve come up with is the Left Bank Border, for the area north of the ‘Donald Wyman’ crabapple on the far side of the driveway.

The new border, all planted. The city has told me they won't remove the stump, so I'm thinking of putting a container on it.
The new parkway border, all planted. The city has told me they won’t remove the stump, so I’m thinking of putting a container on it.

Now I have dug a new border (or would you call it a bed?) on the parkway across the sidewalk along the Left Bank. What to call it? I’ve considered calling it the Maginot Line, thus maintaining a Gallic theme, but that sounds too martial.

So I am turning to my readers to come up with a name via a contest. The judges (specifically Judy and I) will pick from among the suggestions offered in the comments. The winner gets the thanks of a grateful nation.

Another view of the new parkway border.
Another view of the new parkway border.

I finished the planting today. The bulk of the plants were from Prairie Nursery, and arrived a couple of days ago. I’m afraid I crammed too many plants into the available space, which is my normal practice. As my grandmother Tessie would say when people were coming for dinner, “Better too much than too little!”

So here’s the plant list:

Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum). I’m using this to edge both sides of the sidewalk.

Prairie Onion (Allium stellatum).

Wild Petunia
Wild Petunia with Wild Strawberry

Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis).

Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata).


Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa).

Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius). Just one of these, to provide a splash of blue in autumn.

Blue Stem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Blue Stem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)

Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia).

Praire Dropseed (Sporobulus heterolepis).

Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata). These are hard to find. They arrived bare root from Prairie Moon about two weeks ago. I planted them right away but I’m still waiting for them to show themselves. I was really impressed when I saw them growing in Pat Hill‘s garden.

Most of these plants are repeated on both sides of the sidewalk. In addition, there are two plants I received as an unexpected gift from the kind people as Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm, one each of ‘Priceless Gold Strike’ Daylily, and Helenium autumnale ‘Short’n’Sassy’.

So taking this plant list or anything else you like as inspiration, what do you think I should name my new border?

82 Comments on “Name My New Border!”

  1. You could either name it after me–where did you see all those plants? or call it your Midwestern Native Plant Garden. Both the Prairie Baby’s Breath and the Butterfly Weed are slow to appear in the spring. If you want to make the trip to St. Charles, Midwest Groundcover carries it in a 32 flat, a 10 flat and a #1 pot. While Midwest Groundcover is a wholesale Nursery, they do sell retail, as well. If you do go out there, ask for Trish Bjeckford and tell her you’re a friend of mine.

  2. This is so exciting!! And yes I think a container on the stump will do the trick! Now for a name….Hmmm….natives along the way….Can’t wait to see more of your bed grow and change Jason!! Have a great week! Nicole

  3. I vote for Jacqueline’s suggestion–Prairie Parkway! I’ll be interested in seeing how your Prairie Baby’s Breath does. I recently saw it highly recommended on someone’s post, and thought about ordering some, but backed out. Maybe next year.

  4. I wish I had a clever name for you but I don’t. But you do have a lot of the same plants I do. I suppose you could go with ‘Mariposa del Norte’ or The Prairie, which is what it is. Because prairie is a French word, it already fits with your Left Bank.

  5. Interesting choice of plants. How exciting having a new bed to plant up.
    A name? I have named children, dogs, donkeys, cats, rabbits , goldfish and guinea pigs but never a flower bed. Bert, perhaps? Or is your bed a she? Then it has to be Flora or Flossie.

  6. I always like names that honor a figure from history. For example, depending on the soil, it could be the Henry Clay Border (Did you know that the street I live on is named for Henry Clay’s estate, Ashland?).

  7. Wish I had something to add. I like the sound of prairie parkway but am drawn to vote for Stumpy or Stumpy’s Corner — something like that. It would probably turn into a mosquito heaven but I think if it were my stump I would hollow it out partially and then add water to make a bird bath or source of water for wildlife. You could even plant a little fern like a maidenhair inside.

  8. I would probably go for very simple and direct, like “The Strip Beds” – after all, you’re already calling them the strips anyway. And not to be too wink-wink over it, it does have a certain crazy allure, too, when you consider how this would sound to someone not understanding the context:
    “Say, would you like to come over and see my new Strip Beds?”
    This would be fun.

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