Did you know that your garden can not only look good, it can do good for the Earth? Whether you have a flower garden, vegetable garden, or a landscaped bed, a few simple changes can make a big difference.
Want a delicate plant that sways in the breeze, its flowers like tiny butterflies riding the wind? The plant for you is Gaura lindheimeri, also known as Butterfly Gaura or Whirling Butterflies!
Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) is a great entry level plant if you are looking to add more native plants to your yard. It performs well in a variety of conditions and its prolific blooms attract hummingbirds and pollinators.
If you are looking for a gorgeous ornamental grass that is native to much of the United States, look no further than Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris). It turns into a pink fluffy cloud in the fall!
Want a US native plant that will add a dramatic pop of purple to your garden? Then American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is for you! Its berries shine at the end of summer when many flowering plants are on the decline. Birds love the berries too!
If you want to bring your yard alive with pollinators, Gregg’s Mistflower is a must-have plant for your garden. Come fall, its fluffy purple blooms will be covered with Queen butterflies, and plenty of Monarchs too.
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Want an ornamental grass that performs well in the shade? Then Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) is the grass for you! This beautiful grass is native to the US from the Plains to the East Coast and has beautiful drooping seed heads that turn a golden brown in fall.
Besides winning the award for cutest name, Frog Fruit (phyla nodiflora) is an awesome fast growing ground cover. It brings your yard alive with pollinators that love visiting its dainty white flowers for nectar. Native to many states in the US!