Pursuing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the garden

Fri. Jul. 3, 2020

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Pursuing Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the garden

Tomorrow we celebrate Independence Day. But this year is different. Amid the pandemic and the call to end racism, this year, let’s remember that Declaration: paraphrased for 2020, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

my front porch

As you all know, my pursuit of happiness is in the garden! The garden has its own ecosystem, the more diverse plantings, the healthier it is. You can create this space in your own landscape.

Starting with native grasses, you can add some soft edges and 3 season interest to your yard. 

Two types of grasses, coneflowers, and more!

‘Blue Heaven’ is a unique form of Little Bluestem developed by the University of Minnesota. This grass stands 4 feet tall with blue to burgundy foliage turning reddish purple to violet in the Fall.

Little bluestem ‘Blue Heaven’

There are several types of reed grasses, in particular the variety Karl Forester is quite pretty, easy to grow and withstands part shade, although it won’t grow as tall. 

Grasses ‘Karl Forester’ and a switch grass by Teri Knight

Switchgrass is another favorite. I just planted some Pennsylvania Sedge, a wonderful low mow/no mow grass. 

Pennsylvania sedge planted in May
Pennsylvania sedge photo by Prairie Nursery