June brings warm sunshine and the resilient growth of many beautiful native plants, so perfect timing for Wildflower Week celebrated the first week of June. Join Finke Gardens in using native plants in your landscape and make the world a better place for every living being.
Dwarf Blue False Indigo
The diminutive size of this native giant really makes it perfect for many sunny home landscapes.
Full sun to part shade, this light blue wildflower can find its way into buffalograss lawns and once established, tolerate an occasional mowing. Within a few weeks it will be back with another round of blooms.
Silver foliage, pollinator provider and a root system that fixes nitrogen and busts through tough clay – sounds like a workhorse for the Nebraska landscape.
Tough as nails (we find it growing at the edge of gravel driveway), this native provides a spiky foliage form all year long, and an unusual globe bloom and seedhead for summer displays.
New Jersey Tea
A semi-woody perennial, New Jersey Tea is a 3’ fixture with white blooms in early summer. It tolerates dry sites once established and will grow in both sun and part shade. It is said to attract hummingbirds.
War Ax Penstemon
The late and great Harlan Hamernik of Bluebird Nursery found this shell leaf penstemon at the I-80 rest stop. The silvery blue foliage is great for hot dry sites, so please avoid wet spots in your landscape for this drought tolerate gem.
Nekan Pitcher Sage
Bring a big blue bloom into your fall garden to set off the glorious golds and yellows of sunflowers and goldenrods.The punch of contrasting color will also provide a feast for pollinators.
Virginia Mountain Mint
Excellent choice for rain gardens or any garden site that includes a population of deer, Mountain Mint grows to 3 feet in height and provides for pollinators and people with its wonderful white blooms.
My Antonia Aster
A selection of Fendler’s Aster from southwest Nebraska, Finke Gardens holds this plant in high regard as it served as inspiration for Michele Angle Farrar’s woodcut used as our company logo. Full sun, well drained soil is essential for its success.
So many Goldenrods
Shiny, Zig Zag, Fireworks, Little Lemon, Wichita Mountain, there’s a goldenrod sized and adapted to most sites. Little Lemon blooms early and short, Fireworks is a later giant with cascading display of color. And none of them are guilty of their charge of causing extreme allergies – it’s typically the ragweed that is blooming at the same time.