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Another Oak Park Home

Plants with mounding forms allow shadows to play and dance through the Garden. See how all the plants are distinct. They naturally grew this way. Each cluster of plants can be appreciated in its own right. Also note the smaller plants are on the edge closer to the viewer with the taller plants in the background.

This garden is several years old and all the plants are mature. But all gardens (regardless of their age) need to be attended to. They must be cut down and racked out in the Spring. The debris should be pulverized with a mulching lawn mower and blown back into the bed to act as a mulch.

During the course of the year the garden should be weeded regularly. We generally like to keep the garden up in the Winter because they provide food and shelter for wildlife.

This small shrub is one of my favorites. The photograph does not do it any justice. This is the Dwarf Honeysuckle, Diervilla lonicera. It has small yellow flowers in the Summer and the leaves turn to a brilliant yellow, orange and red in the Fall.

The addition of sedges in a Native Wildflower Garden adds a whole new dimension. These are not grasses. Grasses have round stems, sedges have triangular-shaped stems. Remember, "Sedges have edges."

Sedges are mainly found in shady wet areas -- the woods, but they exist in all habitats. They generally flower early, have interesting seedheads and don't change color in the Fall.

Seen here is the Common Burr Sedge, Carex grayi.

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