On Saturday, we went to the native plant sale hosted by the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. I was like a kid in a candy store! I wish I could’ve taken one of everything! But, The Wellness Wife believes in all things in moderation, so we didn’t go overboard.
I had been looking forward to this sale all month. I came away with some great plants for the garden in my backyard. It’s my favorite garden because it’s the one we see out of our kitchen window. We’ve been letting it go back to nature the last few years. Our aim is to fill it in with natives that will take over so it will be a nice little low-maintenance shade garden.
Here are the details of our haul. Think about the understory of a forest – ferns, shrubs, and wildflowers. We got a little of each!
Common Blue Violet: Spring flowers, sun to light shade, moist to dry soil, spreads quickly, attracts butterflies
Confederate Violet: Spring flowers, sun to light shade, average soil, spreads quickly
Green and Gold: Spring/summer flowers, shade to morning sun, moist soil, spreads quickly, attracts butterflies
Lady Fern: Shade to part sun, moist to wet soil
Pinxster Azalea: Spring flowers, part shade, moist to dry soil, attracts birds and bees
Sensitive Fern: Sun to shade, moist to wet soil, spreads easily in moist areas, attracts birds
Sweet Shrub: Spring flowers, sun to part shade, moist soil, attracts birds and butterflies
Wild Blue Phlox: Spring flowers, sun to part shade, moist soil, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
I also transplanted some wild columbine from the side of the house to the back. We are getting a lot of rain this week, so hopefully, all of these plants will establish nicely. I’ll give updates here and on Facebook.
Your local native plant society should have a listing of nurseries that offer a selection of native plants. I encourage you to support these businesses for helping the environment by selling natives.
To me, native gardening is very rewarding. I feel like I am returning my little patch of land back to the way it is supposed to be. If you plant natives in the appropriate light and soil conditions, they are hands-off plants. It’s their native environment, so let Mother Nature water them. I like low maintenance.
I still have a lot of established non-natives in the garden, but I don’t plan to buy any new non-natives. April is almost over, but I hope you will consider the April Native Plant Challenge year ’round.
Source: Virginia Native Plant Society – John Clayton Chapter, spreadsheet prepared for Native Plant Sale, 2014
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