Friday, January 7, 2011

Native Plants for Urban Gardens

Urban yards are often small, with micro-climates or soil conditions vastly different from the surrounding area. Sites in urban yards can be dry with poor soil, shady or sunny with relatively fertile soil. For successful urban gardens, grow plants well-suited to their planting sites.


# Suitable for dry sites or in low-maintenance xeriscapes, native American grasses make excellent urban garden plants. Plant tall grasses such as big bluestem, switch grass and Indian grass, or shorter specimens including little bluestem, western wheatgrass, buffalo grass and blue grama grass. Note that the taller varieties require more moisture than shorter ones.

Flowering Perennials

# The Great Plains are home to a variety of flowering perennials, also called wildflowers, many of which are suitable for use in urban gardens. Black- or brown-eyed Susans, coneflowers in purple, pink, orange and red, goldenrod, and perennial sunflowers are just a few of the many wildflowers planted in urban gardens. Most wildflowers are low-maintenance, requiring little fertilizer or supplemental moisture.

Shade-loving Woodland

# Indigenous to the forest floors, shade-loving woodland plants are ideal for moist, shady locations in urban gardens. Most of these plants bloom in spring and contribute interesting foliage to the shade garden the rest of the growing season. Trillium, lady's slipper, jack-in-the-pulpit, lily-of-the-valley, wild violets and ferns grow well in low-maintenance, shady urban gardens.

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1 comment:

  1. Great! Good information to share with others,i like it very much,thanks....