Tag: Midwest Native Plants

Summer Lessons From Three Native Plants

It seems that plants are always teaching me new lessons about how they behave in the garden and respond to weather and other conditions. This summer, there are three native plants that have been on my mind. First, Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata). I’m fond of this plant with its central cone like a clown’s nose …

The Jolly Yellow Giants

Some say that Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), or any perennial that can top 10 feet in height, is unsuitable for a small suburban garden. I disagree.