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Peoria, Illinois
Mec550
May 20, 2020 10:18 PM CST
Looking to fill this bed & at a loss. I'd love a full look incorporating native plants to Illinois. The shrubs were preexisting & I've planted tall phlox for the back border so far. There are rose bushes on each end. I love pinks, whites, purples, and sage/blue greens. This area gets quite a bit of sun. Thoughts?
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 21, 2020 12:57 AM CST
Welcome! how about the native purple coneflower, echinacea? I think it would do good there. Phlox is a good start. Some of the different kinds of salvias might work. I applaud you for wanting to plant native plants. I have lots of them in my garden. For the best natives to grow in your area, I would suggest you go online to one of your Universities, and look at their look at their horticulture division. Or google native plants for Illinois. You get the idea. Good luck! I'm sure you'll find some good ones! There are also a lot of very good native plant nurseries online. They will tell you what zones the plants are suitable for.
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sallyg
May 21, 2020 7:26 AM CST
For example,
You could read here, then click to Directory for some (way too many) choices
https://web.extension.illinois...
Too bad that cannot sort for sun/shade, dry/moist.. You want a source with garden in mind, like this for Maryland
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic...
Many of these wold be appropriate but you may be a little colder zone

Coneflowers are great and you can likely find it nearby for sale.

As Lynda suggested, it is one thing to choose a plant virtually but may be another to actually find it- online gives you a lot more but you can't see the plant beforehand.

Those yew are going to grow fast and will easily crowd out the whole middle if you don't prune.

By the way,you have one of my favorite sources of very detailed information on wildflowers- but it is not written with gardening in mind
https://www.illinoiswildflower...

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Peoria, Illinois
Mec550
May 21, 2020 9:43 AM CST
Thank you for the tips! I will certainly try some coneflowers here. I think that will look lovely. I had actually looked through several resources prior to posting and was more overwhelmed ha! I think I get hung up on all the different "rules" for each plant and knowing what will go best where and with what (making it difficult for me to commit).
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sallyg
May 21, 2020 11:36 AM CST
That's understandable! My husband, and a work friend, are both saying they want some flowers but just don't know where to start.
Any local nurseries you can browse? Some try to highlight natives. Its good at least to see flowers in real life.
Liatris is a tall narrow purple blooming native popular in gardens.
Perennial salvias may not all be native, but they are very popular with bees and hummingbirds. Pentas (annual) is hard to find but said to be good for butterflies.

I think you might find coneflowers, liatris (blazing star) and salvias pretty easily.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 21, 2020 12:38 PM CST
I agree These are tough, carefree plants. Yes, butterflies love pentas. Lantanas aren't native either, but really easy and butterflies love them, too.
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