If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment. -Georgia O'Keeffe
The following blooming plants reside in the urban prairie garden known as Monarch City in the Frogtown neighborhood in Saint Paul, MN. Monarch City is a project created by volunteers at Frogtown Green, a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based group dedicated to greening the Frogtown neighborhood. Pollinator-friendly plantings are maintained by volunteers at Monarch City, on the west end and the north side of the West Minnehaha Recreation Center, 685 Minnehaha Avenue in Saint Paul, MN. Learn more about the history of "West Minne" here.
Also known as Shining Bluestar, this early bloomer is considered a shrub-like form. Its blooms are pale periwinkle blue and star shaped. Late spring and early summer finds the cluster of attractive blossoms branching out in an attractive orb shape.
Prairie Ninebark, or sometimes referred to as Common Ninebark, provides a galaxy of milky-white flowers loved by pollinators and passersby alike. A single flower contains both male and female parts.
A yellow center sits at the center of the flower. Bees, wasps and other pollinators hungrily search the flower clusters in and around the thick core of flowers prized by native plant lovers.
Monarch City hosts several of this accent shrubs. Prairie Ninebark remains one of this garden's perennial favorites.
Photos by Renoir Gaither