It has become a Mother’s day tradition (OK only for the past three years) at the ONG household. We make Mom breakfast in bed (and the term “make” is a bit of a stretch) and then the kids and I go out for the morning/afternoon to give Mom a truly deserved day off from being all mom-ish. We will go out to lunch and then we head for the Bowman Hill native plant sale in New Hope, PA (click here to read more). I spend the prior week studying their catalog in great detail and I identify which native plants will work for me and I bring that list with me. Then the spending spree begins and I purchase a ton of plants I had never heard of before. Below is a photo of everything I bought earlier today;
What are native plants and why should you buy them? Glad you asked … school is in session (and my apologies to all those who know this already).
Native plants are those plants that grow naturally in your particular region and have grown there for a long period of time. They thrive under your region’s conditions and require very little maintenance. Here are some reasons why you should go native already:
- As previously mentioned, these plants are way low maintenance since they have existed in the wild for a long period of time without any special TLC.
- Very little water is required in allowing these guys to thrive. Umm … hello … good thing!
- Natives have developed natural resistance to diseases and insects which make them even more appealing.
- By planting native, you are keeping with the natural and unique look of your area and that will keep your garden from looking so cookie-cutter.
- In my simple words – you keep shit the way it is supposed to be. The whole balance of nature is not disrupted and you my friend will have good karma. The wildlife will get what they need and keep that whole circle of life thing going.
Now to keep it real, I don’t only plant native. There are just too many non-natives that rock. But by educating yourself on what the native plants are in your region, you may find that there is a native plant that will serve the same purpose, or give you the look and feel you are going for with a non-native.
Here are some native plants I have purchased in the past that are absolutely kicking butt today:
Aster (Purple Dome)
Chasmanthium Latifolium (Northern Sea Oats)
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)
OK … enough of the preaching … for your viewing pleasure here are some updated photos from the garden this afternoon:
Peonies, Campanulas, and Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’.
Super blooms on the Ninebark ‘Summer Wine’.
Cascading branches on the same Ninebark.
Another view of a Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’.
Bloom on the Astilbe ‘Deutschland’.
Nepeta (Catmint) in near full bloom.
Close up shot of the Catmint blooms.
Nice big bud forming on the Iris ‘Snow Queen’.
The buds are forming on the Camassia Esculenta. It worked … it friggin worked … successful bulbs!
Amsonia is blooming for the first time. Loooove this native (wait until you see photos of the yellow fall color).
The ornamental grasses (Panicum) I butchered/divided into three a few weeks ago are all thriving. Tough little bastards.
I don’t do it enough … here are some Peony blooms brought indoors.
That’s all folks. If you’re reading this far down – thank you.