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Incorporating Native Plants into Your Landscaping

By Bonehead
May 2, 2014

Well worth the effort, and easier than one might think.

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 1, 2014 8:06 PM CST
Amazing what grows as a native in PNW. Could never even consider those where I live! I do love my natives though...


Apache Plume
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Diamantina

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Blackfoot daisy



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All grow under very harsh conditions
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 1, 2014 10:00 PM CST
I have no luck with my local natives although a multiflora rose popped up last year. I get some occasional volunteer daisy varieties that I mow around.

Still seeking the elusive Wood Lily , one I would very much like to incorporate.
( L. philadelphicum var. philadelphicum or L. philadelphicum var. andidum )

They're here, I've simply never encountered either one.
central Illinois
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jmorth
May 2, 2014 1:23 AM CST
I have a fair number of natives in my garden, some of which are super butterfly magnets.
Thumb of 2014-05-02/jmorth/e16fc7NE Aster; Maximilian Sunflower also is attractive to Monarchs;
another BF attractor extraordinare is Boneset Thumb of 2014-05-02/jmorth/bf04f4
I also grow Downy Skullcap, Goldenrod, Dame's Rocket, wild blue phlox, wild violets, dandelions (not intentionally). Jack in the Pulpit, Ostrich Ferns (not sure they're native), Soloman's Seal, and largest of all, Paw Paw Trees.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
May 2, 2014 5:59 AM CST
Thanks for this, Deb. My natives reward me with ease of care, hardiness, much color, lots of butterflies, bees and birds on a regular basis and more seeds to plant and to share. I beat the "natives drum" whenever I have the chance (and sometimes when I don't). :thumbsup:
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
May 2, 2014 8:17 AM CST
Thanks so much for this article Bonehead. I love the color they provide, the food for the birds in winter, also their hardiness.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 4, 2014 12:15 PM CST
Thanks to everyone for the nuts and thumbs. I'm happily seeing more nurseries adding in a specific native section, and I now have more than a few all-native nurseries in my vicinity. I hope the trend grows and folks embrace it more.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
May 4, 2014 12:15 PM CST
Me too, Deb. Thumbs up
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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