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Terrace View's Bring Nature Home Project

Terrace View’s Bring Nature Home Project features a strategically-designed horticultural display with homeowners like you in mind. Lombard Park District Horticulturist Jane Burke and the park maintenance team led the project in an effort to show community members and homeowners a variety of plant beds that can be used in residents’ own front or backyard, to line fences, garnish patios and porches and overall appeal to the aesthetic of landscaping while being mindful of native species, local wildlife and insects. The project hopes to answer the common question of how to find a balance with natural, native plants and also be able to design plant beds that are still visually appealing. In addition, each of the beds require low-care maintenance, which is ideal for the common gardener.

Work for the project began in November 2019 when a portion of Terrace View was transformed through park improvements including pathways, benches, educational refurbished kiosks, seasonal plantings and interpretive, interactive signage. Terrace View’s Bring Nature Home Project was designed in alignment with Lombard Park District’s mission and vision for environmental preservation.

Terrace View’s Bring Nature Home Project maintains the appropriate environment for educational seminars, nature programs, workshops and more. As plant beds mature, the Lombard Park District expects numerous visitors from schools, day camps, scout groups, garden clubs, conservation groups and the general public.

Explore each of the beds and plant species listed below for design inspiration and to bring nature home!


Elizabeth St. & Greenfield Ave.
Lombard, Illinois


Sunrise – 10:00 pm

Bed 1

Veronica Spike Speedwell ‘Very Van Gogh’ 
Molinia Moor Grass ‘Skyracer’
Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage ‘Denim n’ Lace’ 
Artemisia mauiensis Wormwood ‘Makana Silver’
Penstemon Beardtongue ‘Rock Candy Blue’
Penstemon Beardtongue ‘Onyx and Pearls’
Heuchera Coral Bells ‘Wildberry’

Bed 2

Anthericum liliago St. Bernard’s Lily
Pathenium integrifolium Wild Quanine
Amsonia hubrichtii Narrow Leaf Blue Star ‘Halfway to Arkansas’
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet ‘Hummingbird’
Geum triflorum Prairie Smoke ‘Old Man’s Whiskers’
Phlox paniculata Tall Garden Phlox ‘Party Girl’
Gaura lindheimeri Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’
Baptisia australis False Indigo ‘Starlite Prairieblues’
Veronica Speedwell ‘Blue Bomb’

Bed 3

Molinia Moor Grass ‘Transparent’
Deshampsia Tufted Hairgrass ‘Gold Tau’
Lantana Common Lantana (Annual) ‘Dallas Red’
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’
Heliopsis helianthoides False Sunflower ‘Tuscan Gold’
Lychnis chalcedonica Maltese Cross ‘Burning Love’
Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed ‘Salud Golden’
Heliopsis helianthoides False Sunflower ‘Red Shades’
Echinacea x hybrid Coneflower ‘Sombrero Granada Gold’
Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed ‘Mariachi Sombrero’

Bed 4

Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Cinderella’
Phlox x hybrid Tall Cushion Phlox ‘Cloudburst’
Penstemon Beardtongue ‘Pikes Peak Purple’
Liatris spicata Gayfeather, Blazing Star ‘Kobold Original’
Aconitum henryi Monkshood ‘Sparks Variety’
Agastache Giant Hyssop ‘Blue Boa’
Thalictrum delavayi Meadow Rue
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem ‘Standing Ovation’
Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark ‘Tiny Wine Gold’

Bed 5

Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Cinderella’
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass ‘Rotstrahlbusch’
Veronica Speedwell ‘Blue Skywalker’
Gillenia trifoliata Bowman’s Root
Veronicastrum virginicum Culver’s Root ‘Fascination’
Salvia nemorosa Meadow Sage ‘Salvatore Blue’
Agastache Giant Hyssop ‘Blue Boa’
Phlox paniculata Tall Garden Phlox ‘Laura’
Molinia caerulea Purple Moor Grass ‘Moorflamme’

Bed 6a

Eupatorium perfoliatum Boneset
Sanguisorba officinalis Great Burnet ‘Pink Tanna’
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Ice Ballet’
Filipendula rubra Queen of the Prairie ‘Venusta’
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower ‘Green Native’
Filipendula palmata Meadowsweet ‘Red Umbrellas’
Monarda didyma Beebalm ‘Bee-You™ Bee-Happy’
Spigelia marilandica Indian Pink ‘Little Redhead’
Lobelia siphilitica Blue Cardinal Flower ‘Great Blue Lobelia’
Lobelia fulgens Swamp Milkweed ‘Queen Victoria’
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Cinderella’
Calamagrostis Variegated Feather Reed Grass ‘Overdam’

Bed 6b

Allium lusitanicum Allium ‘Summer Beauty’
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant ‘Miss Manners’
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant ‘Crystal Peak White’
Liatris pycnostachya Prairie Blazing Star

Bed 7

Sporobolus Prairie Dropseed
Achillea Fern Leaf Yarrow ‘Moonshine’
Heliopsis helianthoides False Sunflower ‘Tuscan Gold’
Coreopsis Tickseed ‘Red Chiffon’
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’
Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed ‘Salud Golden’

Bed 8

Nepeta Catmint ‘Cat’s Pajamas’
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush ‘Sugar Shack’
Calamintha nepeta ssp. Lesser Catmint

Bed 9

Gomphrena Globe Amaranth (Annual) ‘Ping Pong Purple’
Aquilegia Songbird Columbine ‘Cardinal’
Acorus gramineus Variegated Sweet Flag ‘Ogon’
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem ‘Blackhawks’
Sesleria autumnalis Autumn Moor Grass
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem
Bouteloua gracilis Mosquito Grass ‘Blonde Ambition’

Bed 10

Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Ice Ballet’
Lobularia Alyssum (Annual) ‘Purple Stream’
Glandularia canadensis Rose Verbena ‘Shauna Ann’
Solidago rugosa Goldenrod ‘Fireworks’

Bed 11

Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem ‘Blackhawks’
Nepeta faassenii Catmint ‘Cats Meow’
Agastache Giant Hyssop ‘Blue Boa’
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower ‘Pow Wow Wild Berry’
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Cinderella’
Eryngium yuccifolium Button Eryngo ‘Rattlesnake Master’

Bed 12

Juncus inflexus Soft Rush Grass ‘Blue Mohawk’
Amsonia hubrichtii Narrow Leaf Blue Star ‘Halfway to Arkansas’
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower ‘Green Native’
Veronica Speedwell ‘Blue Skywalker’
Asclepias curassavica Bloodflower ‘Silky Gold’
Dodecatheon meadia Eastern Shooting Star
Penstemon x mexicali Beardtongue ‘Red Rocks’

Bed 13

Calamagrostis Reed Grass ‘Karl Foerster’
Salvia nemorosa Meadow Sage ‘Salvatore Blue’
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Soulmate’
Leucanthemum x superbum ­­­­­­­Daisy ‘Becky’
Agastache Dwarf Hybrid Hyssop ‘Kudos Red’
Gaillardia x arista Blanket Flower ‘Arizona Red Shades’
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant ‘Crystal Peak White’

Bed 14

Sporobolus Prairie Dropseed
Physocarpus Coppertina® Ninebark ‘Mindia’
Sedum maximum Stonecrop ‘Touchdown Teak’
Penstemon Beardtongue ‘Onyx and Pearls’
Agastache Anise Hyssop ‘Morello’
Sidalcea Prairie Mallow ‘Candy Girl’
Salvia nemorosa Garden Sage ‘Bumbleberry’
Centranthus ruber Red Valerian ‘Pretty Betsy’

Bed 15

Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Cinderella’
Gaura lindheimeri Wand Flower ‘Ballerina™ Rose’
Liatris spicata White Blazing Star ‘Alba’
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed ‘Soulmate’
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem ‘Blackhawks’
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower ‘Magnus’
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower ‘Pica Bella’
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower ‘PowWow® Wild Berry’
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower ‘Pixie Meadowbrite’
Allium Ornamental Onion ‘Ambassador’
Narcissus Daffodil ‘Naturalizing Meadow’
Penstemonx mexicali Beardtongue ‘Red Rocks’
Veronica Speedwell ‘Waterperry Blue’

Bed 16

Bouteloua gracilis Mosquito Grass ‘Blonde Ambition’
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed ‘Gay Butterflies’
Salvia darcyi x microphylla Meadow Sage ‘Windwalker™ Royal Red’
Gaillardia aristata Blanket Flower ‘Spintop Red Starburst’
Ratibida columnifera Upright Prairie Coneflower ‘Red Mexican Hat’
Monarda didyma Bee Balm ‘Gardenview Scarlet’
Echinacea purpurea Coneflower ‘Sombrero Sangrita’
Gaillardia x arista Blanket Flower ‘Arizona Red Shades’

Bed 17

Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed ‘Mariachi™ Bandera’
Diervilla Bush Honeysuckle ‘Kodiak® Orange’
Zinnia elegans Common Zinnia ‘Zesty Yellow’