The major plants used in the raceways were black willow, pussy willow, duckweed, umbrella plant, dwarf cypress, water willow, purple loosestrife
, and eucalyptus.
Also on Clamshell Pond this summer, you'll see evidence of a Purple Loosestrife
containment project, a partnership of the Clinton Conservation Commission and the Nashua River Watershed Association.
Garlic mustard and purple loosestrife
crowd out native plants and are not good food sources for native wildlife.
Also known as purple loosestrife
, several lovely types are available, including "Firecandle" which has screaming pinky-red flower spikes for much of summer.
Marsh or marginal plants: Marsh marigold, purple loosestrife
, ragged-robin, lady's smock, meadow sweet.
Some of the plants will be wild flowers and grasses, but to make the point that your garden doesn't have to look like a piece of wasteland, I'm mixing in some traditional fa-vourites -things like rosemary, lavender, purple loosestrife
, and last year's ``must have'' plant, verbena bonariensis.
The worst include gorse, Iberian starthistle, leafy spurge, purple loosestrife
and spotted knapweed.
containment: During 2012 the Clinton Conservation Commission will be partnering with the Nashua River Watershed Association on a Purple Loosestrife
containment project on Rauscher Farm.
The giant swallowtail drifted downstream, flapping and sailing, pausing to feed on the nectar of joe-pye weed and purple loosestrife
across the creek.
Masses of purple loosestrife
blooms among the ragwort there.
Bog-garden plants - those that prefer marshy mud to total immersion - include ligularia with brownish-purple foliage contrasting with yellow blooms (a variety called The Rocket has splendid yellow flower spikes); candelabra primulas in a range of colours; and several attractive wild flowers - ragged robin, purple loosestrife
and, if space is not a problem, the tall meadowsweet with large heads of creamy, fragrant flowers.
Schat recently completed her master's thesis at Oregon State University on control of purple loosestrife
- an aggressive plant that has escaped gardens and now threatens natural ecosystems in many areas.