2017 DNLA Plants of the Year

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

‘Standing Ovation’ little bluestem is a warm season grass with blue-green spikey stems and leaves.  Fluffy, seed clusters appear in late summer/fall.  In fall, little bluestem turns an apricot color that brightens the winter landscape.  ‘Standing Ovation’ with its sturdy habit and excellent fall color makes a good accent or mass planting in a perennial or shrub border.  Cut back in early spring to make room for new emerging leaves.


Bald Cypress is a pyramidal, deciduous conifer that grows 50-70 feet tall.  It thrives in average to wet soils, preferring sandy soils, but tolerating anything from dry conditions to standing water.  Soft, yellow-green needles turn an attractive orange/cinnamon-brown in fall.  Purplish green cones mature to brown.  Bald Cypress is a striking specimen tree for a variety of large areas since it tolerates a wide range of conditions.


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