Dining Room Edge

Dining Room Edge


  • Along the dining room edge, there are low growing grasses and perennials.
  • The plantings are less formal–more naturalized–than around the Latimer Terrace.
  • They were selected to provide diversity of color and texture as well as for their wildlife values.


Little Blue Stem, Yarrow and Blanket Flower


  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a native plant with gray-green lacy foliage and white flowers that look a bit like Queen Anne’s Lace. It has been recognized by pollination ecologists for its ability to attract large numbers of native bees.
  • Blanket Flower or Gallairdia x. grandiflora is a bright yellow hybrid.
  • Little Blue Stem grass or Schizachyrium scoparium is a native grass that has blue-green stems in the spring, reddish-brown leaves in the summer and mahogany red seed heads with white tufts that provide nesting material for birds.


Moss Phlox and Stonecrop


  • Moss phlox (Phlox subulata) and Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) are two lovely native ground covers that lend spring color and summer greenery to the gardens.
  • Moss Phlox is semi-evergreen.
  • The Stonecrop is succulent.


Sea Holly and Pink Muhly Grass


  • Sea Holly or Eryngo maritinum grows naturally on European beaches. It has striking thistle-like blue flower heads and spiky leaves.
  • The graceful, native Pink Muhly grass, or Muhlenbergia capillaris, provides clouds of gentle color in the fall.


Catmint or Catnip
Nepeta racemosa


  • Catmint or Catnip, has slightly aromatic grey-green foliage that has a delicate, lacy appearance.
  • This Blue Damselfly rested on some catmint in the Flagpole Garden


Blue Kazoo
Spirea media


  • Blue Kazoo is a low growing shrub.
  • It has blue foliage that provides a perfect backdrop for its white flower clusters.
  • Also, it displays rich red fall color.


Daisy and Veronica


  • Veronica spicata attracts butterflies with its lovely blue flowers in the late spring-summer.
  • Shasta Daisies are simply charming.