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.

Spring

Anemone blanda ‘Pink Star’
(Greek windflower)

Photo Credit: Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Cornus racemosa
(Gray dogwood)

Waldsteinia ternata

Photo Credit: Salicyna, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Galanthus elwesii
(Greater snowdrop)

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Crocus sieberi ‘Tricolor’
(Crocus)

Gladiolus communis
(Byzantine gladiolus)

Photo Credit: Meneerke bloem, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Iris ‘Eye Catcher
(Netted iris)

Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ (Summer snowflake)

Narcissus ‘Topolino’
(Trumpet daffodil)

Summer

Achillea ‘Sunny Seduction
(Yarrow)

Allium ‘Millenium
(Ornamental onion)

Asclepias tuberosa
(Butterfly weed)

Baptisia ‘Solar Flare
(False indigo)

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Calamintha nepeta ‘White Cloud
(Calamint)

Photo Credit: Photo by David J. Stang, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan
(White coneflower)

Geranium ‘Rozanne
(Hardy geranium)

Year-Round

Nepeta x faassenii ‘Junior Walker(Catmint)

Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition (Blue grama)

Photo Credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sesleria autumnalis
(Autumn moor grass)

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’ (Little bluestem)

Platanus occidentalis
‘Buckeye No.1’ (Sycamore)

Photo Credit: Colsu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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