Bloom Boxes – $60 for 15 plants – Three of each selection
Our Native Plant Sale will be on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or until the plants are gone. This event, and the Garden Art Sale and Garden Tour ticket sales, will be held in the Pavilion on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, in Lawrence, Kansas. Below are the different varieties of plants that will be included in each themed bloom box. If you want to purchase individual plants the day of the sale, please review the individual plant list.
Native species have evolved over millennia according to natural processes. These plants would have existed in our Kansas landscape prior to the widespread European settlement of the 1800s. Because these plants developed naturally under local conditions, they are well-adapted to the region’s climate and soils. They also support the pollinators and wildlife that have evolved in the same area. They contribute much more than exotic species to habitat richness.
Order your Bloom Boxes online.
Our bloom boxes have been extremely popular, and most are sold out. We are investigating the availability of additional plants to create more Bloom Boxes. We will update this page, and our Facebook page, if more Bloom Boxes become available.
A Plant for All Seasons Bloom Box – SOLD OUT
Rough blazing star
Sand prairie phlox
Showy black-eyed Susan
If you want blooms from spring to fall, this is the box for you! Plant in a sunny spot in medium to dry soil for blooms from April to October. Enjoy!
- Arkansas bluestar – Amsonia hubrichtii.
- Rough blazing star – Liatris aspera
- Sand prairie phlox – Phlox pilosa
- Showy black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckia fulgida
- Sky-blue aster – Symphyotrichum oolentangiense
Beginner’s Luck Bloom Box – SOLD OUT
Cream wild indigo
Purple poppy mallow
No luck is needed for these colorful plants! They are easy to grow and have long bloom times. Plant them in a sunny spot with medium to dry soil.
- Butterfly milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
- Cream wild indigo – Baptisia bracteata
- Purple poppy mallow – Callirhoe involucrata
- Rose verbena – Glandularia canadensis
- Sand coreopsis – Coreopsis lanceolata
The Bee’s Knees Bloom Box – SOLD OUT
The buzz will be all about your garden with these bee-friendly plants! They like sun to part shade and medium to dry soil. Your honey bees will have nectar to sip from May to October!
- Eastern beebalm – Monarda bradburiana
- Ohio horsemint – Blephilia ciliata
- Prairie cinquefoil – Potentilla arguta
- Showy goldenrod – Solidago speciosa
- Silky aster – Symphyotrichum sericeum
Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar Bloom Box – SOLD OUT
Missouri evening primrose
Caterpillars are picky eaters! For a variety of butterflies, you need a smorgasbord of plants. Plant in sun to part shade in medium soil moisture.
- Golden alexander – Zizia aurea
- Attracts: Black Swallowtail butterfly
- Missouri evening primrose – Oenothera macrocarpa
- Attracts: White-lined moth
- Prairie violet – Viola pedatifida
- Attracts: Fritillary butterfly
- Pussytoes – Antennaria plantaginifolia
- Attracts: American Lady butterfly
- Wild petunia – Ruellia humilis
- Attracts: Buckeye butterfly
Muckrakers’ Clay Soil Bloom Box
Marsh blazing star
These plants tolerate and can thrive in our wonderous Kansas clay soil. Plant them in sun in a variety of soil conditions and they’ll give you blooms throughout the season.
- Aromatic aster – Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
- Foxglove beardtongue – Penstemon digitalis
- Glade coneflower – Echinacea simulata
- Marsh blazing star – Liatris spicata
- Stiff goldenrod – Oligoneuron album
Shady Characters Bloom Box – SOLD OUT
Prairie alum root
These plants do well in part shade with medium to wet soil. You will have blooms from April to September
- Fringed loosestrife – Lysimachia ciliata
- Indian pink – Spigelia marilandica
- Jacob’s ladder – Polemonium reptans
- Prairie alum root – Heuchera richardsonii
- Rose turtlehead – Chelone obliqua