Naturalizing with natives - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mary McNeill
Buffalo, Ne
Question by mcmare11
September 30, 2009
Instead of an expanse of lawn that requires mowing, I want to achieve a natural good looking expanse of native plants for a both sunny and partially tree shaded area in Western NY. What seed or plants would be successful?

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2009


The following lists of native plants are from the Brooklyn Botanical garden: For Sunny Sites, consider Yarrow (Achillea millifolium), Yarrow ?Fire King? (Achillea millefolium ?FireKing?), Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis ), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), New England aster (Aster novae-angliae), Coreopsis ?Moonbeam? (Coreopsis ?Moonbeam?), Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Purple coneflower ?White Swan? (Echinacea ?White Swan?), Oxeye sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Blazing star ?Kobold? (Liatris spicata ?Kobold?), Bee balm (Monarda didyma ), Switch grass (Panicum virgatum), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta),
Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ), and Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa).

Shady Sites:
Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), Blue wood aster (Aster cordifolius ),
Green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), Coral bells (Heuchera americana), Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), Interrupted fern (Osmunda claytonia), and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides).

Most of these species do well in sun or shade:
New York aster (Aster novi-belgii), Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa),
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Silky dogwood (Cornus amomum),
Grey dogwood (Cornus racemosa), Red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea), Red-osier dogwood ?Isanti? (Cornus sericea?Isanti?), Hazelnut (Corylus americana), Dwarf bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera), Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica), Meadowsweet (needs sun) (Spirea alba), Snowberry (Symphorocarpos alba), Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago), American cranberry (Viburnum trilobum),
American cranberry ?Compacta? (Viburnum, trilobum ?Compacta?).

Hope these lists are helpful!

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