Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Native plant placement in the average garden can be difficult to visualize.

So I goggled up a few plans that use drawings to show ideas for placement and plant listings to get you started. You may substitute other natives if those shown do not suit the site.
To start here are a few sites with information on how to get started with native plant gardening.
There are also a few native plant pages pulled out of the designs to see how they are evaluated.
Have a look...

Plant Native How To

Native plant fact sheet.


Plant info page...
Carex plantaginea
Common name
Seersucker Sedge

Garden Design Native Plants

Shade Evergreen Design

Plant list evergreen shade

Plant info page...
Carex pennsylvanica
Common name: Pennsylvania sedge, Penn sedge, Early sedge,Yellow sedge

Region of origin: Native

Weed Suppressive Rating: Poor

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Height x Spread: 4 to 18 in. x creeping

Season of bloom: Mid April to mid May

Flower color: Reddish -brown

Exposure: Full sun to shade

Soil requirements: Sandy loams and clay to silty clay loams

Moisture requirements: Dry soil

Native shade garden landscape design

Selected species for native shade gardens

Plant info page...
Fragaria virginiana

Suburban garden Design

Selected species for suburban gardens

Plant info page...
Lilium michiganense page

Prairie garden Design

Selected species for prairie gardens

Viburnum trilobum
American Cranberrybush Viburnum
plant page

Wet meadow garden

Selected species for wet meadow gardens

Plant info page...
Iris versicolor

Rain Garden Design [pdf]

wildlife garden plan

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Garden Design


Blogger Sissy said...

Thank you for those links....It took me about 3 days, but I got thru them all and have learned a lot! I have quite a few natives, but defintely can use some more. Those were excellent cues as how to proceed!!

3/4/07 8:46 AM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Hi sissy, thank you for commenting. It is nice to know someone has checked out the links.

Didn't you just love the idea of wild strawberries as a ground cover.
There is an organic demonstration garden out back of the Garfield Conservatory that uses strawberries around raised beds, just stuck into odd spaces between rocks. They grow well and give lots of fruit. Kids from school groups love finding the ripe berries.

3/4/07 2:44 PM  

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