Classic Tallgrass Prairie Garden

Classic Tallgrass Prairie Garden

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For medium to dry soils and near full sun exposure.
Heights range from 4-7 ft. 14 species.
The tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet. Re-create a piece of it with these tough plants that have evolved to tolerate high winds, difficult soils such as clay, and periods of drought.  Your garden kit will explode with color and texture in July and August, typical of a natural prairie. Included with each order, full-color Planting and Care Instructions and our Kit Planting Layout Suggestions.

Tray details:
• Each of the 38 plant cells are 5” deep x 2” wide at top
• At least 1 tag per species will be provided
• Recommended spacing is one plant / 2-3 sq. ft.; kit covers approx. 75 sq. ft.

* Please note: We encourage early ordering! Some species may sell out before the shipping season begins.  For the Garden Kit trays we may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to shortages later in the season or unforeseen greenhouse failures.


Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, download Seed Starting Basics.

Bare Roots:

We dig bare-root plants from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants:

Trays (38 plants) leave our Midwest greenhouse based on species readiness (well-rooted for transit) and based on order date; shipping begins early-May and goes into June. Each of the 38 plant cells are 2” wide at top x 5” deep; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting instructions/care are included with each order.

Download: Tips on Planting and Care of Potted Plants

For the Garden Kit trays we may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to shortages later in the season or unforeseen greenhouse failures. POTTED PLANTS - We ship potted trays with UPS and SpeeDee (Midwest). We MUST have a street address. Orders ship when all species in the tray are transit-ready. We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May. Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.*We are unable to ship PLANTS (potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.


Sun Exposure
Near Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Medium to Dry Soils
2-7 feet
Bloom Time
Spring through Fall
Bloom Color
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