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We took a public eyesore and turned it into a beautiful garden.

Bruce's store was a convenient place for us to stop and get some supplies. He and his staff are very friendly and helpful.

The garden was very small, but could be turned into a very dramatic advocate promoting Bruce's garden supplies and my native landscaping. The garden, seen here in mid-April 2012, could not promote anything but the need for herbicides.

Bruce and his assistant (left) proudly stand behind the the Art and Linda's sign right after we finished replanting the garden.

The new garden, (right) seen in mid-September 2012, contains a small number of generally small flowers and grasses that will bloom throughout the seasons.

A small garden like this requires the use of smaller plants, otherwise they will be hanging over the sides of the container and will be very messy. Also, it is important to have plants with seasonal interest and great crowd appeal. In other words, the plant selection process become more difficult as the number of plants used becomes smaller.

The old standby Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea (left), goes well just about anywhere and is beautiful and durable.

Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia (right), is very delicate and has fine thread-like stems.

Prairie coreopsis, Coreopsis palmata (left), forms a short dense yellow cluster and likes it dry.

Prairie Brome, Bromus calmii (right), has very graceful beautiful drooping seedheads.


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