Regular readers of this blog already know I am a fan of using native plants whenever possible. Mind you, I have nothing against exotic plants (non-natives) and have quite a few in my garden growing quite happily alongside my native plants. But, I do find that more and more often, when I am looking for a specific plant to work in a specific site (dry shade, streamside planting, etc), it seems to be a native plant that meets all the site requirements and thrives once planted.
Yesterday, I was reading Andrew Keys’ blog Garden Smackdown and saw he had issued a challenge of sorts to readers to list the native plants growing in their gardens. Never one to back down from a challenge, I have decided to list the native trees, shrubs and perennials that are growing in my garden too.
Are you up for taking the Garden Smackdown Native Plant Challenge? I hope so, because it’s important for all of us native plant enthusiasts to get the word out about native plants and how easy they are to grow and design with since they combine so effortlessly with non-natives.
Even if you don’t have a blog to post your list of native plants, please leave a list in the comments here or on Andrew’s blog. (BTW – if you haven’t discovered Andrew’s blog yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s an eclectic mix of plant info, pop culture and just plain interesting ‘stuff’.)
So, without further ado…here’s my list of native plants growing in my southwestern CT garden (zone 6)
Native Trees & Shrubs:
- Callicarpa americana (Beautyberry)
- Carpinus caroliniana (Ironwood)
- Cercis canadensis (Redbud)
- Chionanthus viginicus (Fringetree)
- Clethra alnifolia (Sweet Pepperbush)
- Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)
- Hydrangea arborenscens (Smooth Hydrangea)
- Ilex glabra (Inkberry)
- Rhododendron maximum (Rosebay Rhododendron)
- Tsuga canadensis (Eastern Hemlock)
- Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)
- Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)
- Baptisia australis (False Blue Indigo)
- Chasmanthium latifolium (Northerns Sea Oats)
- Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane)
- Eupatorium maculatum (Joe Pye Weed)
- Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)
- Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)
- Oenothera fruticosa (Sundrops)
- Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)
- Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Red Switch Grass)
- Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)
- Thalictrum (Meadow Rue)
- Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort)
- Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root)
- Zizea aptera (Heartleaf Aleaxander)
Now it’s your turn. The Garden Smackdown Native Plant Challenge guantlet has been thrown down and I dare you to pick it up and meet the challenge!