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Retention Basins: Some of you may live near a man-made basin for collecting rainfall. It may not be the loveliest pond to look at with its angular sides and stark lawn or stones. We can plant appropriate and beautiful native plants down the sides and around the basin in order to make it look more inviting, natural and more like a wetland area than a bleak water feature.

Sprint 2008

Standing on the basin's rim, looking over the side of the slope down to the water, our eyes are drawn to the stately Blue Wild Indigo, Baptisia australis.

The Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, which surrounds the Indigo, and is not yet in bloom, was seeded there by natural forces.

Spring 2008

The pretty color combination of yellow, blue and white is provided by (in order) Sand Coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata , Ohio Spidewort, Tradescantia ohiensis, and Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis...

...and the colors are as glorious from the other side.

Summer 2008

A view of the house from near the waterline in the summer. You can make out the path through the middle of the photo with leads the owner from the lawn, through the garden to the shore.

Notice the tall Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum, on the left with the roof in the background and white Sweet Indian Plantain, Cacalia plantaginea, with its stark arrow-like pointed leaves in front of it. To the right is Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata, with its severely reflexed yellow petals.

A view from the lawn's edge approaching the garden path.

At the lower left is a large clump of Showy Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia speciosa. Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca , with its unripe seedpods is trying to hog the picture.

To the right of the path is Prairie Dropseed grass, Sporobolus heterolepis, with Obedient Plant, Physostegia virginiana, behind it. In the background on both sides of the path are large clumps of Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum.

This is a close-up of the large majestic leaves of Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum, with the red seedheads of Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, encircling them.

A View of the Garden -- October 2009

Fall colors are electrifying. The leaves of the native shrubs are ablaze in gold, maroon, purple anc crimson. The flowers represented mainly by the yellows of Goldenrods and the whites, blue, lavenders and purples of the Asters highlight the view.

Such a beautiful garden -- home to so much wildlife -- is naturally certified by The Conservation Foundation as a wildlife habit.

This garden also proudly displays the Art and Linda's Wildflowers logo sign.

The beautiful leaves and fruits of Blackhaw Viburnum, Vibrunum prunifolium, a shrub that can get quite large in the sun, is a good representative of the display of native shrubs' Fall colors.

A nice mixture of flowers, shrubs and grasses gives any garden a great deal of interest.

It takes a bit of skill and experience to put this mixture together and have it look nice -- sort of like the interlocking pieces of a puzzle.

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