Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains. Drought is a challenge this growing season. Plants in a few raised beds, such as these ‘Prairie Sun’ Rudbeckia, are easier to provide adequate moisture in dry conditions. They are quite the sun catchers en masse. The plants were started from seed this season as perennials.
Most native wildflowers attract pollinators. But finding their eye-catching cultivars like the ‘Prairie Sun’ perennial that also attract pollinators is not necessarily a given flower feature. These are a bee choice.
Portulaca thrives in hot weather. Flowers open, greeting the sun each day. Active growers in containers, the annuals require minimal care.
Growing sunflowers in containers is another way to manage watering plants in dry summers. These ‘Big Smile’ Sunflowers grow from direct seeding in late June and bloom for several weeks.
‘Fire Catcher’ Sunflower grows to about 4 feet in height in a container or small space, and the blooms make an attractive cut flower.
A recent Plant Exchange Blog post featured more about sunflowers if that is an interest. We invite you to join us next week too!
If you’d like to see what else is in bloom in mid-August around the United States and other countries, Carol at May Dreams Gardens is your next stop. Go to her August 15th post and find many garden bloggers waiting to show you what’s in bloom. Her link: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com