Know Maintenance Gardening (TM) developed by Roy Diblik

Northwind Perennial Farm creates nature-inspired gardens composed of durable perennials that contribute to their own health using the Know Maintenance Approach to minimize your labor and to maximize your enjoyment of your garden.
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Sometimes too much color can be a distraction.  In this part of the garden  the brushstrokes of purple are highlighted by the soft texture of Sporobolus heterolepis.

Sometimes too much color can be a distraction. In this part of the garden the brushstrokes of purple are highlighted by the soft texture of Sporobolus heterolepis.

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Autumn color and texture with Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly' and Solidago 'Golden Fleece'.   There's so much we can accomplish as we come to know plants.

Autumn color and texture with Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly' and Solidago 'Golden Fleece'. There's so much we can accomplish as we come to know plants.

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A planting of Carex flacca and Allium 'Summer Beauty' with a backdrop of Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta.  These three plants fill in promptly and really minimize weeding through the summer.

A planting of Carex flacca and Allium 'Summer Beauty' with a backdrop of Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta. These three plants fill in promptly and really minimize weeding through the summer.

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The wonderfully graceful and practical beauty of Carex.   This is Carex grisea as a living mulch under woody plants.   Wood chips can now find a new consistent use elsewhere.

The wonderfully graceful and practical beauty of Carex. This is Carex grisea as a living mulch under woody plants. Wood chips can now find a new consistent use elsewhere.

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Echinacea 'Northwind'  This Echinacea will never sell in retail.  It's too big in a container, too open in a container,  It doesn't present well in a pot.   In the garden its strongly upright, has enjoyable, long flower production and bold structure through the winter.  One more characteristic, it lives.

Echinacea 'Northwind' This Echinacea will never sell in retail. It's too big in a container, too open in a container, It doesn't present well in a pot. In the garden its strongly upright, has enjoyable, long flower production and bold structure through the winter. One more characteristic, it lives.

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A comfortable mix of Seslaria autumnalis and Sporobolus heterolepis

A comfortable mix of Seslaria autumnalis and Sporobolus heterolepis

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The lake side of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  This is the third year.  We replaced 8,000 sq. ft. of turf.

The lake side of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. This is the third year. We replaced 8,000 sq. ft. of turf.

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This is the south courtyard at the Art Institute in Chicago.  Its a Carex meadow using Carex bromoides and moments of Carex muskingumensis,

This is the south courtyard at the Art Institute in Chicago. Its a Carex meadow using Carex bromoides and moments of Carex muskingumensis,

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The beauty of the Autumn garden.

The beauty of the Autumn garden.

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How nice is Pycnathemum tenuifolium it has a satisfying way of filling space.  Not quite as intrusive as other Pycnanthemims.  It's fronted by Seslaria autumnalis, backed by Miscanthus 'Graziella'.

How nice is Pycnathemum tenuifolium it has a satisfying way of filling space. Not quite as intrusive as other Pycnanthemims. It's fronted by Seslaria autumnalis, backed by Miscanthus 'Graziella'.

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