Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sensational Year for Floodplain Wildflowers

If only buildings loved this summer's heavy rains as much as these floodplain wildflowers do. Wild senna has never put on a show quite like this.

A variant of Hibiscus moscheutos is turning on the pink.

Joe-Pye-Weed is flourishing.

Just one stalk of a 9 foot high cupplant would be enough for a bouquet.

The cutleaf coneflower and late-flowering thoroughwort combo has turned the backyard yellow and white. And the pollinators are just lapping it up. A number of factors make these lowland wildflowers easy to grow. The soft ground and the exuberant growth of the desired plants makes weeding easy, and the species shown lack the capacity to spread with rhizomes or stolons, making it much easier to keep the garden in balance.

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