What types of plants create great combinations in a Midwest landscape? Some factors to consider are hardiness, moisture, the site, adaptability and seasonal impact. Unless it is a sheltered site with supplemental irrigation, I recommend sticking to the basics for most homeowners who prefer a low maintenance landscape.
Choosing plant material from each of the categories of roses, perennials, grasses, evergreens and deciduous shrubs will definitely add incredible interest to a landscape bed. In doing so, your customers will thank you enormously for their eye pleasing landscape as the trend of outdoor living continues. Grasses and evergreens are very hardy for our area as Bouteloua gracilis and Juniperus 'Wiltonii' were the only two plants that withstood last year's brutal winter in my 24 inch container stored outside on my deck!
Loma Vista grows some really cool short ornamental grasses and evergreens such as Juniperus 'Calgary Carpet' #5, a beautiful, green low-growing shrub that blends well into the landscape. We grow Sporobolus heterolepis #2, a great size for the show with the tall, airy seed heads; to its right is the gorgeously full Dwarf Hameln grass #5. This plant collection shows a few other summer jewels that would work well in the heat of August going into September including the groundcover Red Drift® Rose #1.
The Oso Easy® Paprika Rose 2PW crop will be available in the next few weeks; the flower is reminiscent of my favorite orange Geum. The new Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar' #1 has cleaner foliage and smaller maturing size compared to the all-time favorite 'Goldsturm'. The Buddleia 'Miss Molly' 3PW is a vibrant magenta and striking with other colors, but can suffer dieback in cold winters like last year. Consider stocking a few of the items pictured as staple items and call us today!
By Sheila Balaun, Inventory Control/Customer Service, Loma Vista Nursery