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Prairie plantings should communicate nature to the visitor in an aesthetically pleasing manner. This may be done by appealing to the senses of mankind, including sight, smell, touch and hearing. Like prairie remnants, the prairie garden should demonstrate variety and contrast through flower colors, heights, and blooming times (Appendix 3). Each species should contribute to the planting by offering a feature not found in other plants or by providing contrast with other plants nearby. It should be a planting that is alive with insects and the gently swaying leaves of the grasses. Consider the following points as you select species: