A Mixed Bed Garden in Palos, IL 2003

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By the second year, this garden has filled in. Foliage is lush and plants are in full flower.

foxglove-beard tongue

This photo shows a more mature Compass Plant (left), Silphium laciniatum, Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, (center background) and Black-eyed Susan (foreground), Rudbeckia hirta

From left to right foreground: Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum virginianum, Wild Sweet William, Phlox maculata. In back: Sweet Indian Plantain, Cacalia suaveolens, and Rosinweed, Silphaum integrifolium.


Wild Quinine
Wild Quinine, Parthenium integrifolium, was used as a substitute for quinine during World War II.

More Foxglove Beardtongue (foreground), Penstemon digitalis, in bloom. The small stump provides added texture and interest.

foxglove beardtongue

prairie dock
Sweet Indian Plantain (background right), Cacalia suaveolens, Tall Coreopsis, Coreopsis triteris, (background left). The leaves of the Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum, (center foreground).


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