Archive | Native Plants

Native Plants for the Small Yard: Easy, Beautiful Home Gardens that Support the Local Ecology

Text by Kate Brandes Illustrations by Tom Maxfield Social scientists have looked at how people feel about their yards, and their research shows that preferences are determined mostly by people’s desire to fit in with the neighbors. Unfortunately, native plants have developed something of a bad rap among homeowners as messy and hard to manage […]

Continue Reading

Growing in the Off-Season – Native Perennials from Seed

by Ellen Sousa Must be easy to spread yourself around when you’re a plant that produces lots of seeds, right? After all, look at what happens when kids blow the seeds off dandelions! Dandelions pop up everywhere next year! Unfortunately, it’s an ironic fact of gardening life that whatever you are trying to grow takes some effort, whereas […]

Continue Reading

A Walk in the Garden

Text by Dan Jaffe Photos by Penny Lewis Before the hot weather took hold in New England, ELA took a late spring walk through Garden the Woods in Framingham, MA to see what was blooming. A return visit a month later offered additional photo ops. In addition to lovely individual plants, we also found some […]

Continue Reading

Fronds in My Garden

by Leslie Duthie When most people think of ferns, they picture delicate quivering fronds blowing in the breeze next to a rippling stream deep in the forest. Or they think of forested swamps with tall ferns growing among the maples. Sometimes we think of fern-covered stone walls rambling unexpectedly in the woods. All of these […]

Continue Reading

ELA Names Winners of Spotlight on Natives Contest

by Maureen Sundberg Photographers from across the country submitted over 200 images to ELA’s Spotlight on Natives Photography Contest. Each sought to capture the special allure of native plants – the unique structure of trunks, stems, leaves, and blossoms; the mystery of seed pods; the interaction of flora and fauna. (more…)

Continue Reading