When curating one's seasonal planting, most veteran gardeners have their favorites. Time-saving green thumbs often prefer perennials, while those attracted to a regular change of scenery might opt for annuals.
However, many of us believe there's a magic in the mix -- and this year I have enjoyed getting to know the xerochrysum bracteatum. Also known as "strawflowers" and "paper daisies," these decorative dollops fare well in our hot and dry summers on the Plains. Today's Growing on the High Plains takes a long look at these plants, including their brittle bodies and crisp, wispy "petals." Take a listen and you just might find yourself a new favorite for your patio pots.