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Prairie gardens work in many landscapes

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Phlox daisies are among the many meadow flowers that can thrive in traditional landscapes -- even in city settings. Prairie garden combinations include flowers, shrubs and trees. They require little attention, add year-round color and interest and provide wildlife-friendly habitat.

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Bill Carter, president of Prairie Moon Nursery, poses amid an assortment of prairie flowers sown in a nearby farmyard near Winona, Minn. Many of these seeded perennials need two or three years to reach blooming size but really take off once established.

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You don't need to live on the prairie to have a prairie garden. Natural landscapes featuring mainly native plants are being sown in yards across North America as environmentally friendly alternatives to turf grass. These durable plant combinations include flowers, shrubs and trees. They require little attention, add year-round color and interest and provide wildlife-friendly habitat.
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    • Phlox daisies are among the many meadow flowers that can thrive in traditional landscapes  even in city settings. Prairie garden combinations include flowers, shrubs and trees. They require little attention, add year-round color and interest and provide wildlife-friendly habitat.
    • Bill Carter, president of Prairie Moon Nursery, poses amid an assortment of prairie flowers sown in a nearby farmyard near Winona, Minn. Many of these seeded perennials need two or three years to reach blooming size but really take off once established.
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