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A Bungalow Garden in Riverside, Illinois, Landscaped with Native Perennials and Grases.

This small sunny front bed is planted with flowers that bloom through all the seasons.

In the photo on the left in mid-Summer the Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum (lower left), Sweet Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia subtomentosa (lower right) and Purple Giant Hyssop, Agastache scrophulariaefolia (center against the stairs) are flowering now.

In both photos we find the Calico Aster Aster lateriflorus. In the left photo we have it budding in the center in front of the stairs. We find it in full flower in the photo on the right.

See the Prairie Dropseed Grass, Sporobolus heterolepis in the small planter on the stair ledge.

On the left we find the Virgin's Bower Vine, , climbing on a small wooden arch. This vine has white flowers which bloom in late Summer to Fall and likes slightly shaded, moist areas.

On the right is the Purple Giant Hyssop, Agastache scrophulariaefolia, which gets five to seven feet tall, grows in full sun to light shade and has cream colored flower spikes that blossom in Summer to Fall. This plant is greatly appreciated by butterflies, bees and birds (the three B's).

The garden a few months later in the Fall

Little Bluestem Grass, Andropogon scoparius, and Stiff Goldenrpod, Solidago rigida, are two plants that dominate this garden bed along the driveway.

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