f Mixed-Bed Garden in Palos, IL
A Mixed Bed Garden in Palos, IL 2003

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This garden is arranged within two forty foot diameter circles.

large garden in Palos

This garden, planted in the summer of 2002, is 42' in diameter. The lawn, at right, slopes down to a wet area.

Special landscape designs were created to take the varying micro-climates into account.

Paths, logs and rocks were placed among the plants to break up the garden and provide interest.

Long view of garden

Grasses and aster
This photo, taken in September, shows New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae, in bloom and the seed heads of Big Blue Stem, Andropogon gerardii, a tall prairie grass.

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, and grasses surround this stump.

Stump with black-eyed susan

Indian Grass
Young Indian Grass, Sorghastrum nutans, is less than one year old here.

Wet area 1

The wet areas, shown above, were planted with Sweet Indian Plantain, Cacilia suaveolens, Queen of the Prairie, Filipendula rubra, and other plants that appreciate moist soil. Rocks, stones and logs add additional interest.

Visit this garden a year later!


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