There will always be a few great plants out there that may not be in the mainstream market anymore, but haven’t quite disappeared altogether. Gardeners just need the opportunity to rediscover them. Here are four not-so-new plants I have been seeing more of lately, which I think are poised to break into the consciousness of both professional landscapers and home gardeners.
Prairie Drop Seed, Sporobolis
Native grasses have always been strong, so this old-fashioned grass should be a mainstream in most of the country. It enjoys popularity in the Midwest, but not so much in the Mid Atlantic. Growers find it easy to grow, and landscapers are always looking for native grasses they can use as a meadow plant, a groundcover, or as a simple filler. It is not as showy as some of the taller, better-known grasses are, but it is tough and functional. And if you stick your nose in the airy, fall flowers, you will come away with a hint of spice, or even a touch of popcorn. Find it. Use it.
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Zones: 3 to 7 (not a great plant for the South, although it will grow there)
Habit: Clump forming
Fall color: Tan, golden
Deer: 1.5 out of 5 (5 being irresistable to deer)