Monday, 2 January 2012

Native Plants - A Continuing Trend in the Garden - 2012

Native Plants in the Garden

2012 looks to be an exciting year for our gardens! In fact, every year brings new and exciting trends worthy of following. There are always new or interesting plant varieties to look forward to collecting, or sharing, as we gardeners seem to do, and of course, many garden designs we see in magazines are worthy of emulating in our own garden!
It’s very tempting to jump on many a gardening band wagon, however, most encouraging of all would be the commitment many individuals are making towards growing native plants in the garden. This is usually done in partnership with organic practices, as one does indeed compliment the other.
Aesthetical interest combined with an ecological mindset, especially with respect to the natural landscapes of our shorelines, woodlands, meadows, and even the wetlands, our native plants are a wonderful addition to our gardens, and in some cases, with respect to soil stabilization, highly effective. All this is especially true here in Haliburton County, where we witness and live amongst the beauty of the natural environment every day.
Native plants, including trees, flowers and shrubs, increase the biodiversity of our region. To some degree, they provided food and refuge for our native creatures, including butterflies, birds, pollinators, and small creatures. More importantly, this means our gardens also become a sanctuary of sorts for the many native plants increasingly becoming rare in their natural habitats.
Using native plants helps to conserve water and eliminates the need for pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals that we are realizing are unhealthy practices on our planet. They also create less work in the garden, by being for the most part, drought tolerant, so even part time residents can be away for weeks at a time and need not worry that their garden won’t be alive when they return!
Native plants evolved here and adapted to the environment in which they grow. That means the weather patterns and the other flora and fauna that have evolved with them are equally comfortable together. These variations of adaptability to our regional environment are what make native plants so desirable and effortless to grow. So, consider adding more Native plants to your plot! These gems make a great addition to any garden on so many levels!

Some hardy Native Species for central Ontario:

  • Aronia melanocarpa - Black Chokeberry - Zone 2

  • Potentilla fruticosa - Potentilla - Zone 2

  • Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Columbine - Zone 3

  • Arisaema triphyllum - Jack in the Pulpit - Zone 3

  • Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower - zone 3

  • Quercus rubra - Red Oak - Zone 3

Happy Gardening!


Island Buzzy said...

Great post, this makes total sense and even seems to bring things back into a balance of sorts. I cannot wait to get back into the garden!
A happy, healthy, creative and prosperous 2012 to you! Aloha, Connie

Wall Flower Studio said...

Connie, thank you.
Admittedly I grow many non-natives plants, and most of these have adapted to our cold Canadian winters, but must say I'm very careful about planting anything that would be really invasive. Hopefully there is a balance.
Like you, I can't wait to get back into the garden!
Wishing you all the best and much success in 2012, my friend!
Aloha! K : )

900ft Jesus said...

I started working with native plants last summer. A couple of walks through the fields and the woods, and I found Arrow-leaved Violets, Bull Thistle, two types of aster, wild rose (only one small shrub), wood lily, Bellwort, Butter and Eggs, lots of Smooth Ground Cherry, Bladder Campion, white daisy, black-eyed disy, three types of trillium, some kind of wild lupin, and at least a dozen other flowers I can't identify. I transplanted around 8 different types so far, but I still feel awful uprooting them.

In some areas closer to the house, I just cleared around them and let them spread.

You got me going with photos of your large clusters of same type flowers, so I don't look at landscaping the same way anymore. A lot less restraint, more spread, more natural look. Thanks!