Archive | Native Plants

From Nursery to Garden: Establishing Plants in the Landscape

by Kate Stafford and Mark Richardson There’s little mystery to successfully establishing plants in the landscape. Most plants will thrive when given the right growing conditions. But, it’s our job as landscape professionals to provide all the tools for their success – from choosing the right plants for the site and digging properly-sized holes, to […]

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How Will Climate Change Affect Our Plant Palette?

by Peter van Berkum As the climate warms up, we are faced with some daunting facts. Our frost free season is getting longer. Our winters are warmer, at least sporadically. Violent weather events are becoming more frequent. Summers are getting wetter, but strange weather patterns are bringing prolonged dry spells. (more…)

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Making Magic with Mosses

by Annie Martin aka Mossin’ Annie Moss landscapes offer a magical appeal with verdant expanses that seem to encapsulate our spirits with a sense of serenity. Yet, the environmental advantages of eco-friendly mosses add another element of magic through the creation of outdoor living spaces that complement natural ecosystems. As Planet Earth’s oldest living land […]

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Designing Hedgerows to Connect Habitat

by Rebecca Lindenmeyr Habitat fragmentation is a serious problem across the country and a significant contributor to the loss of biodiversity worldwide. Here in Vermont, development in the Burlington area continues to fragment the habitat blocks that remain. Preserving as much forest and open land as possible is of course the first line of defense, […]

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The Lives of Spring Wildflowers

by Carol Gracie Our spring wildflowers, many of them ephemerals that grace our woodlands for only a brief period each year, are intricately tied to other organisms in the environment. Their flowering time evolved over millennia in woodlands that once cloaked most of the eastern part of the country. During colonial times the forests were […]

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MV Wildtype: Acting Locally on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard

by Tim Boland This article first appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Meristems, the newsletter of Polly Hill Arboretum. There are many good reasons for growing native plants: Native plants are adapted to local growing conditions; they promote biodiversity and support local wildlife; and, in general, they need less maintenance. Besides, native plants are […]

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Re-Introducing Hedgerows to Residential Landscapes: Why We Still Need a Side Order of Messy

by Rebecca Lindenmeyr Thanks to the pioneering work of E.O. Wilson, Doug Tallamy, Jonathan Foley, Marla Spivak and many others, the public has begun to accept the need for native plants in the landscape in order to help increase biodiversity and protect pollinators. It turns out that people really do like nature and are willing to change their habitats if […]

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Where the Wild Things Are: How to Support Wildlife in the Modern Gardening World

by Dan Jaffe One of the great reasons to plant native species rather than their non-native counterparts is the support they provide to local wildlife populations. Simply put: If you plant native species–any native species–you will support a greater array of wildlife than if you had planted the same area with non-native species. The basic […]

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