In the garden – Manito Fall plant sales friends offer many options – no appointment required

Platoists, rejoice. Manito’s friends have returned a traditional harvest plant that you can buy for plants without an appointment. It will be held from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. The plants are arranged on tables in the sun, grass, trees and vines, edible and in the shade – just like the good old days.

In addition to the above categories, the sale also includes houseplants and home and garden decorations. Plant Sales Co-ordinator Gabi Tilly is really looking forward to the event.

“I love the joy people have for Manito Park and the sale of plants,” she said. They are happy to see plants that are new to them. We have a good variety, many are now blooming. ”

Following this year’s extreme heat and drought, many gardeners may be adding drought-tolerant plants to their shopping list. Fortunately, there are many options for this sale.

Three beautiful, water-saving and sun-loving ornamental plants caught my eye.

The leaf of Black House Big Blues (Andropogon gerardii) At the end of the summer, the show changes from green to purple to fall to black. It grows from 4 feet to 5 feet tall and is difficult to zone 3.

Blond Ambition Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis) It is very small at 2½ feet tall and shows horizontal gray-green leaves and golden flowers above the leaves. It’s hard to get to Zone 4.

Carl Fosterter feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) Although attractive throughout the season, it shines brightly with golden, feathery feathers. It is 5 feet high and weighs about Zone 4.

Need more color? Here are some drought-resistant times to make your landscape brighter.

Superba big betony (Stasquis Makaranta) Shows dark green leaves with pointed tips and simple purple stems. The plants grow 1½ to 2 feet tall, up to Zone 4 and prefer strong and full sun. I am growing these in my little rose garden, and they are really sweet plants.

Honeysong Purple Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis) has many things. Bright purple flowers attract pollen from mid-summer to fall. The plants have dark green leaves and grow up to 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide. They are also resistant to deer. Strong up to Zone 5, they do their best in the sun.

If you want a comparison, think about it Jupiter jewelry oregano drops (Origen). Her table is used to make the leaf stand out on the ground, and the pink rose flowers add to the beauty. These plants are resistant to heat and drought, attract pollen, and resist deer search. Hard for Zone 4, the plants grow 2 feet tall, prefer sunny conditions and are easy to grow.

Proceeds from the sale will fund projects in Manito Park and support the many free educational activities that Manito Friends offer to the community throughout the year. Manito’s friends get a 10% discount on their purchases.

Susan Mulvihil is the author of the “Garden Pest Book.” She can be reached at Watch this week’s video “Everyone can grow a garden” at

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