To end the week, on Saturday, June 9 at 10am, I'll be giving a presentation on Nebraska wildflowers at Finke Gardens and Nursery. And don't forget, I do run a native prairie garden coaching business. Ahem.
Also, check out Bob Henrickson's (NE Statewide Arboretum) fantastic advice on planting a mini prairie in your landscape.
Eupatorium includes several species and tons of cultivars. If you're a native purist, the 6-8' tall and 2' wide E. purpureum will do you well. They all will though. Insects and butterflies galore. In winter on taller species birds love to perch and look for seeds, and in March you can cut down the hollow stalks into 6" long bundles, hang them on the fence, and wham bam you have a native bee house (native bees are solitary, super reluctant to sting, pollinate earlier than honeybees, and pollinate far more blooms and crops than honeybees).
|Two of my taller Joe Pyes--8-10' front right, 7' middle back|
|I think they smell awful, but butterflies disagree|
|White-blooming 'Prairie Jewel'|