In the Garden: Early January

By Layne Knoche, RORG Landscape Designer

The garden was welcomed into 2021 with a beautiful blanket of snow, which helped to accentuate some of my favorite details of the landscape design. At a time of the year when some find it hard to find beauty in plant life, RORG’s native Illinois plants are showing off their versatility. Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), which performs well almost year-round, is stunning when ice and snow cling to the seedheads. The same goes for some of the more popular flowering species like Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) and Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Evergreen and semi-evergreen species such as Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) and Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica) add additional interest to the dormant rain garden.

See our full December garden report here.

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