Monday, July 25, 2016
Plant geek: coneflowers for days!
One idea I really valued was incorporating plants native to Kansas. This ideas was part sentimental and mostly practical. I grew up in the country and we rarely watered our flowers and plants, let alone our lawn. If you were plant, in order to survive, you needed to be hardy.
I carried that same philosophy forward. We have little time to water plants frequently and it seems like a waste of money to constantly water.
I had this dream of planting the native flowers and Jeremy really wanted something that would add some color to the south side of the driveway. The answer - a mix of native plants that have morphed over the years. Remember, only the strong survive. More accurately, only the plants that were planted in a place with the right amount of sunlight and moisture survived. Gardener's error or luck plays a large part in the failure (or success) of anything we have done.
Other than the occasional weeding and thinning out of the beds, these native plants are low maintenance and offer a lot of beauty.