Guest Blogger: Cheryl Harner, Weedpicker’s Journal blogger
|Plant like the professionals!|
|A good variety of potted plants from Native in Harmony nursery.|
Once I became more interested in growing native plants, I found it was harder to find native plants and seeds to purchase. In the last ten years, this has become much easier. If you are looking for a place to purchase native plants, plan to attend the Midwest Native Plant Conference in Dayton. They always offer a great variety of native plant vendors and many plants from which to choose. You should also continue reading this blog, at the bottom of the page is a link to many native plant sources.
|Weedpicker- planting native plants in the Lakeside landscape.|
The landscape we planted last fall in Lakeside was comprised of Ohio native plants. These plants are suitable for the soil along the lakefront and were chosen for their durability and sun tolerance. The grasses were used to stabilize the lake shore and reduce erosion. Many were one gallon potted plants, but some were even smaller. I prefer using younger plant material and allowing it to become established in situ.
The LEAP (Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership) has developed a new interactive map where you can find the location and information about many of Ohio’s native plant nurseries. Just click on this link to visit their website. It is important to use only reputable vendors who do not wild collect plants. This map will make it easier for you to find those reputable dealers.
Do you know of other nurseries specializing in native plants,which should be included on this map? Or do you know of seed vendors who supply the native plant seeds we might like to grow?
Cheryl Harner is a Lakesider who shared her thoughts and words about the beauty of Lakeside on her blog, Weedpicker’s Journal. Her childhood interest in wildflowers and butterflies developed into a life-long love of gardening and a fascination with the connections between plants, insects and birds. To view this article from her blog, visit http://cherylharner.blogspot.com/2015/01/leap-into-landscapes.html.