Native Plant Gardening


Native Plant Gardening

Anyone interested in promoting the return of our NATIVE urban forest and the return of native fauna.

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Kinnickinick Bearberry is a wonderful groundcover 4 Replies

Started by Richard Webb. Last reply by Richard Webb Apr 2, 2011.


Started by Margot Navarre Mar 29, 2011.

Canby Paxistima, a reallty cool broadleaf plant

Started by Richard Webb Mar 29, 2011.

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Comment by Arden on March 5, 2017 at 2:58pm

I'm a Master Gardener Volunteer with Cornell Cooperative extension in Schenectady NY. Zone 5/5B. We are planning on redoing an existing garden in our city park (Central Park). Our goal is an educational Native plant pollinator garden. Any and all advice is welcome.

Comment by Jeanette Fuller on June 8, 2014 at 4:22pm

I have observed the trees and shrubs in my yard for the past five years trying to identify the native varieties.  Finally, after much work, I have a yard that reflects the area in which I live.  The shrubs are about to bloom.  The little pink blooms are abundant and fragrant. I love the way they frame the porch, and the blossoms fill the air with a lovely scent.  

Comment by Sharon Romine on March 19, 2013 at 7:36pm

Hi Everyone, I live half the year in North Florida and half in SE Alaska. Right now in Florida, where I have been working on a bird/wildlife habitat. Amazing the birds that are flocking to it. Took one photo today that had two woodpeckers, a bluejay and a couple squirrels all in the same photo!

Comment by Heather Gill on March 19, 2013 at 6:35pm

Wow, what a great website Richard.  Thank you for sharing.  I buy and grow new native plants every year at home and at the church property.  Thanks again for sharing.  Anone else out here?

Comment by Richard Webb on May 23, 2012 at 6:23am

I visited a conference in the city of Lancaster, PA, concerning urban water flow and sustainability to Chesapeake Bay in early Dec 2011. An educational group called the Wild Ones that I had membership contacted me and I represented them at that conference. Wild Ones have headquarters in Neenah, WI, (PO Box 1274 Appleton, WI 54912, and are dedicated to creating native naturalistic landscaping; much of it prairie restoration in yards or natural areas. They had me become one of 15 board members. 

Comment by Heather Gill on April 20, 2012 at 10:32am

I have been making seed balls to re-seed a prairie meadow at our church.  I'm also starting Big Blue Stem, Coneflower and Black Sampson from seed for the first time as well as transplanted little blue stem to the area.  One way or another I know that the meadow will eventually look like the Great Plains once did.

Comment by Sherri L. on February 11, 2012 at 10:18am

Really beautiful, Gladys!

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 11, 2012 at 8:53am

Beautiful Gladys, I can't wait to see pics as the seasons change.

Comment by Gladys Hutson -NC7b on February 11, 2012 at 8:41am

I have a natural area in my front yard.   Grass would not grow there so I started building raised beds (laying down cardboard and/or newspaper to deter weeds, wet the cardboard or newspaper and then cover with 3-4 inches of mulch or shredded leaves).   Each fall I add more shredded leaves and the beds become wonderful rich humus that will grow almost any shade tolerant plant.  I naturalized with daffodils for spring color, I also planted Camellia and Hellebores for winter interest, ferns for summer.  A great native ground cover for spring and summer bloom is "Green & Gold"  (Chrysogonum virginianum L.)   I just love this plant.  Also Columbine do very well in a woodland setting.  This is the 10th year since I started the woodland project and it just gets better every year.  These are pictures from today.....  

Comment by Sherri L. on February 10, 2012 at 8:12pm

Cool. Would you like to sell or trade them? I have some sedum, coneflowers, etc. - gotta look at last year's pics, cause I don't remember!


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