Sometimes there is a spot that is like its’ own mini-desert. The soil is thin and dry and the spot receives full sun all day. What is a native plant lover to do?
Plant the toughest customers you can find, that’s what.
The native plants included on this list have the genes of thousands of years of ancestors that survived the local weather. They survived drought and heat waves, native insect feeding on leaves and summer torrential rains. Plant the native plants of your regions and they should outperform any non-native plant in your garden.
These plants will bloom and be strong even when others wilt. I find these plants do best during hot, humid weather planted in the ground instead of a pot. Not having to water these plants during the hottest and driest of days means you save water. In a pot they will need to be watered.
Curl up with a good native plant book, like Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening & Conservation by Donald Leopold, and research the plants listed to see if they will work in your site. Expect some failures, this is gardening after all. If you don’t live in the northeast there are bound to be plant books for the native plants of your region.
Native plants sales are typically held in spring, early summer and again in fall. Fall in a good time to plant perennials to bloom the next year. This list will hopefully give you ideas on what to buy.
Herbaceous plants – Perennials
Aquilegia canadensis – Wild Columbine
Asclepias tuberosa – Butterflyweed
Aster novae-angliae -New England Aster
Baptisia australis – False Indigo
Echinacea purpurea – Purple Coneflower
Eupatorium hyssopifolium – Hyssop-leaved boneset
Heuchera americana – Alumroot or Coral Bells
Liatris species – Blazing-star, Gayfeather
Monarda species – Beebalm, Monarda
Penstemon species – Beardtogue
Rudbeckia fulgida – Eastern Coneflower
Solidago species – Goldenrod
Yucca – Yucca filamentosa
Sunflower (Helianthus anuus)
Woody Plants – Trees and Shrubs
Bearberry – Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Hackberry – Celtis occidentalis
Eastern Rebud – Cercis canadensis
Bayberry – Myrica pensylvanica
Pasture Rose – Rosa carolina
Prickly Pear Cactus – Opuntia humifosa