Three Northern Natives For Your Garden

By CoolGardenThings

It is winter. The ground is frozen. What should a gardener do? The only thing left for an obsessed gardener to do is make a wish list of things to plant in the summer. Some plants that should be on any northern gardeners wish list are these three midwest natives: Coneflower, Black-eyed Susans, and False Indigo. Why should you care that they are natives? Any gardener worth their dirt knows that choosing native plants for your garden saves water, time, money and helps the environment by providing food for local wildlife.

Photo by melolou
Coneflower or echinacea is a native plant that is a wonderful contribution to any garden. As a flower it is quite simply pretty in pink and as a native it provides food for the wild life that visits your garden. It makes a great companion plant with many grasses and roses and sedum. It also has roots that can survive in drought weather and clay soil. It will reseed itself and spread in a friendly and non aggressive manner. It should certainly be at the top of any gardeners to plant list.
Black-eyed Susans should be second on a gardeners list of native plants to add to the garden. Black-eyed Susan or rudebeckia as a flower provides stunning yellow and brown daisy like flowers that seem to bloom and bloom forever. Field of Susans
Photo by mbgrigby
They add dramatic color effect and pizaz to your flower beds. They are native plants that provide lots of food for birds and insects. They are also quite prolific and will quickly fill up a bed within a year or two with a wondrous stand of flowers. Because of their drought tolerant and sun or partial shade tolerance they are extremely versatile and can go just about anywhere. They are a must have native for any flower garden.

False Indigo or baptisia is the third native plant to consider for your garden because of it’s vibrant blue flowers. False Indigo
Photo by Bitter Jeweler
Experienced gardeners know that blue flowers are hard to come by. This northern native is one of the best blue flowers you can choose. It may take some time to get established but it is well worth the wait. It is a show stopper with upright bushy blue spires and elegant foliage. It can handle full sun to partial shade, drought or moist soil and clay.
These are all great additions to any garden. They continue to look good and contribute to your garden even after they are done blooming. Add some fountain grass and some gazing globes and garden decor to the mix and you have a garden wish list to get to work on in the spring!

Originally posted 2010-01-13 14:42:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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