Vanilla grass, Sweet vernal grass
new for 2016
new for 2016
We have 3 new grasses for 2016. They are only available as
plugs this year, but will be grown in our field this summer
so as to be available as field clumps next year.
you considering the birds?
Many people are growing or planning to grow native plants.
One of the main reasons to do so is because the birds use native
plants as a source of food, as well as nesting material.
- The various
Andropogons also known by the common name of Big Bluestem,
along with our new one, Andropogon
hallii (Sand bluestem).
(Switch grass), of which we have many cultivars. In our field
we see many quail and pheasants feeding at the base of the
(Indian grass) is stunning in bloom and is more likely
to remain erect through the winter than is either Andropogon
or Panicum. It is a late bloomer.
(Little bluestem), with its great fall colour, is another wonderful
grass to grow in the garden to attract and supply food for birds.
gracilis (Blue grama grass)
- Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats grama)
hymenoides (Indian rice grass)
(Tufted hair grass). This one is excellent for those who
live in a colder climate. It also produces its seeds early
in the year.
- Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie dropseed)
- Festuca (Fescue)
(Great basin wild rye)
- Chasmanthium (Northern sea oats)
The grasses also provide nesting material and protective cover
for birds such as pheasants, prairie chickens and more.
If its a native grass, the birds, butterflies and insects will
find it useful. And according to Birds and Bloom, it doesn’t
matter what part of the country the grass is originally from.
Read more: Birds and Blooms
We have also found that two of our perennials are very popular
with birds, especially finches:
Watch our blog for a new post. Jim's brother Frank has sent
me some spectacular photos of winter willows.
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