These beds address the unique needs of each plant species, are low maintenance and support beneficial insects.
The Perennial plants in this bed grow close together leaving little space for weeds to grow and cultivating a resilient,
tight-knit plant community. In late winter, horticulturists mow down the perennial plants with a lawnmower. The remaining debris serves as mulch that suppresses weeds in the spring. Valuable nutrients release back into the soil as the debris breaks down throughout the year.
Though this strategy leaves a small mess, insects benefit greatly from it. Insects lay their eggs in plant stems. Leaving debris in the bed gives the insects and their eggs a better chance of survival.
Anemone blanda ‘Pink Star’
Crocus sieberi ‘Tricolor’
Iris ‘Eye Catcher‘
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ (Summer snowflake)
Achillea ‘Sunny Seduction‘
Baptisia ‘Solar Flare‘
Calamintha nepeta ‘White Cloud‘
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan‘
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Junior Walker‘(Catmint)
Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition‘ (Blue grama)
(Autumn moor grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’ (Little bluestem)
‘Buckeye No.1’ (Sycamore)