Rock Gardens

A rock garden is a perfect way to try native plants on a small scale. A single native plant does not get lost in a rock garden as it might in a garden landscape. Choose plants that are low growing and thrive in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Since prairie plants have seasonal bloom, select at least one variety for each season.

Rock Garden

For starters, mix some of these in with your existing rock garden perennials:


  • Tradescantia tharpii, Shortstem spiderwort
  • Oenothera macrocarpa, Missouri evening primrose
  • Penstemon digitalis, Smooth Penstemon
  • Callirhoe involucrata, Purple poppy mallow
  • Echinacea angustifolia, Narrow-leaf Coneflower
  • Verbena canadensis, Rose verbena
  • Clematis fremontii, Fremont’s clematis


  • Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed
  • Dalea purpurea, Purple Prairie Clover
  • Rudbeckia missouriensis, Missouri Blackeyed Susan
  • Liatris aspera, Button Blazing Star
  • Liatris punctata, Dotted Blazing Star
  • Vernonia lettermanii ‘Iron Butterflies’


  • Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem
  • Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’, Aromatic Aster
  • Aster ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’, Heath Aster
  • Solidago nemoralis, Gray Goldenrod
  • Solidago rigida, Rigid Goldenrod
  • Sporobolos heterolepis, Prairie Dropseed