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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: The Autumn Dance Begins

Physostegia virginiana/False Dragonhead and Chasmanthium latifolium/River Oats,

When you let two rough and tumble wildflowers duke it out in the garden, they make beautiful music together.


Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. It's cool you have room for these kinds of plants. I decided to pull out the obedient plants, because they were too much for me to keep setting boundaries for. As for the river oats, I'm not sure if that's the same kind I have, but I have taken to taking the pretty seed heads off of the plants before they can drop and make babies. ;-)

  2. Love it in your garden. Wink. Wink.

  3. What an absolutely lovely photo. I have physostegia growing next to sea oats and never quite saw them as you present.

  4. And those two can hold their own with any plant.

  5. Beautiful photo! I have a love/hate relationship with Obedient Plant, but this time of year I love it.

  6. Wish I could let the Chasmanthium seed heads stay to be winter food for the birds, but every single one germinates, so I leave only a very few.

  7. You are such a brave soul, letting your more enthusiastic plants have their own way in the garden! But with such beautiful results.


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