An assortment of 10 wildflowers and 3 grasses in tall pots
(3x8”) that support the deep roots of these native plants
25 plants/flat for $86
Includes these wildflowers & grasses:
2 Western Aster
1 Oregon Sunshine
3 Wild Baby’s Breath
3 Prairie Smoke
3 Western Hawkweed
1 Taper-leaf Penstemon
2 Tall Cinquefoil
3 Slender Cinquefoil
1 Missouri Goldenrod
1 Blue Wild-Rye
1 Idaho Fescue
1 Bluebunch Wheatgrass
Find more information on the individual plants here.
Available at the following nurseries:
• Prairie Bloom Nursery
5602 State Route 270
• Fiddler’s Ridge Garden
1420 S. Blaine
• Westwood Gardens Nursery
15825 N. Westwood Dr.
• Blue Moon Garden & Nursery
1732 S. Inland Empire Way
• Patt’s Garden Center
1280 Port Drive
Starting your Prairiescape in a Flat
Planting natives in your landscaping is a good way to achieve a low maintenance, attractive natural area in your yard. While these plants are low maintenance once established, initial site preparation and care of the plants is essential to ensure success. Before you plant your 25 square foot native grassland there are a few guidelines to follow to maximize your success.
Palouse Prairie plantings -
UI Extension Master Gardners
Demo Garden, Moscow, ID
Perhaps most importantly is to CONTROL YOUR WEEDS! Good site preparation and diligent weed control during the first year can not be over emphasized.
During the first year your native plants will work on establishing a strong root system. They may not appear to be too active above ground, but with good root establishment the first year, the next year promises to bring more growth above ground. Once plants are established you should enjoy years of beauty from these native Palouse Prairie plants with relatively little maintenance. Enjoy!
STEP 1: Site Selection
STEP 2: Site Preparation
- Choose a well-drained, open sunny site that receives at least a half day of good sunlight
- Good sun exposure and reduced competition from other plants can help your plants thrive while planting under established trees and large shrubs can reduce the resources available to your new plants
- Clear site of existing vegetation.
- The most effective and quickest way to control weeds is by spraying weeds prior to planting. A Glyphosate herbicide like RoundUp is a good option as it is a contact herbicide that does not have residual effects. (Follow instructions on label)
- Tillage with rotor tillers or hoes can be used on level ground, however, this can also cause more weed seed to germinate. Be sure to follow up with either another application of herbicide or hand pulling. So remember, anytime you disturb the ground more weed seeds are able to germinate.
- If you want an alternative to chemical sprays, put down several layers of newspaper (10 or more) to smother the weeds. The newspapers can be covered with mulch, compost or soil to prevent the papers from blowing away. With this method mowing or weed whacking existing vegetation first works well.
- Hand-pulling and/or repeat spraying for complete weed removal may be required after the initial clearing.
- If you do need to add some organic matter to your soil, use compost with a high Carbon: Nitrogen ratio (30:1). In the Palouse you should only need to add organic matter if the top soil has been removed due to new construction.
STEP 3: Planting
We recommend that you plant your Palouse Prairiescape plants into the ground as soon as you pick them up from the nursery.
STEP 4: Watering
- Plant your native plants in the spring or early summer. Fall planting is good too if the soil is not too heavy.
- Prior to planting, place in a protected area and water once or twice daily until ready to plant to insure the plants are well hydrated.
- Dig a hole slightly deeper than the soil of the potted plant. Remove the plant from pot and place in hole; add soil to hole firming it as you go. The roots should be vertical, not bent, when set in the hole.
- Cover the top of the potting soil with a thin layer of soil to prevent wicking the water out of the root ball before the roots have had time to establish in the soil.
- Water the first year as needed. Allow the surface of the soil to dry, then water deeply.
- Once plants have stopped blooming stop watering as they are entering their dormant phase.
- These native plants are adapted to local conditions and shouldn’t require additional watering after establishing. (Warnick, Arbor Notes)
- Once established, a simple hosing with water to get the dust off works wonders. These native plants do not like wet feet.
- By not watering after the first growing season you discourage the weeds!
- Don’t fertilize! Native plants can not utilize high amounts of nitrogen and you would just be feeding the weeds.
- Adding a 1” layer of compost can help with soil stability on slopes and with water retention. Use a high C:N ratio compost (30:1). It is best to not use sawdust, bark chip, or other organic materials made from wood because they can rob the soil of nitrogen.
- Weed-free straw or dry leaves can be used in the winter if you are concerned with erosion.
- Continue to hand-pull weeds as needed. When weeds are controlled the first year, very little weeding will be necessary after your native plants fill out.
- Newspaper can help control your weeds. Just place transplants in holes cut in the newspaper. Water the newspaper as you layer to prevent them from blowing away until you can top with soil, mulch or low-nitrogen compost. The newspaper will disintegrate in a few years.
- It is a personal preference whether you have a “natural” or “groomed” native planting Groomed involves clipping & dead-heading spent blooms and plants throughout the seasons. At a minimum, an annual mowing, leaving the clippings on the ground, in the late fall or early spring can enrich the soil and provide more sun to the plants in the spring
Benefits to Palouse Prairiescape native plantings
Blanket flower – Gaillardia aristata
- Low maintenance and less cost
- Little irrigation
- Attract and support pollinators such as butterflies and bees. Native plants are 4 times more attractive to native bees than exotic flowers.
- Create a Palouse Prairie corridor for native pollinators to travel.
- Provide host plants for the larvae needed to sustain butterflies and other native insects
- Preserve genetic diversity of native plants
- Easy to collect seed from some of these plants to expand your prairie ecosystem
- Beautiful flowers and foliage!
Starting your Prairiescape in a Flat
1461 Thorn Creek Road, Genesee, Idaho 83832