Why plant natives? Doug Tanney gives us some idea of why it makes a difference in his article Gardening for Life.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping is one of the most comprehensive guides to native plants, their habitat, soil and light requirements, wildlife value as well as pictures!
Finding the right native plant for the right location is easy with help from Bowman’s Hill.
Not only a great resource but a beautiful place to visit as well!
Here’s another with natives suitable to PA landscapes from Ladybird Johnson’s Wildflower site. Here you can put in your light, soil, moisture, height and bloom time and find the best PA natives to plant.
What native plants do best on your property? Try these.
Learn more about home landscaping with natives on our blog.
Purchasing Native Plants
Buy Native Plants – Here you’ll find a list of nurseries and sales we’ve gathered that favor native plants.
Common Trees of PA – Trees are not only beautiful but also essential as living filters, removing pollution from the air we breathe and the water we drink. Trees provide homes and food for wildlife and beautify our homes with comforting shade in summer and shelter from winter winds. With wise management, forests can produce these benefits for future generations as they have in the past. We have paper copies of this booklet at the Arboretum for you to take on your walks. Just ask!
Don’t forget to see our Pinterest Page of trees in the Arboretum!
Planting a tree? Do it right! A guide to planting trees by the National Wildlife Federation
What don’t you want in your garden? Invasive plants that crowd out natives and provide no food for birds, mammals or pollinators. Invasive plants displace native species; 2/3rds of all endangered plant and animal species are threatened by them. They reproduce rapidly: this trait excludes nearly all other plants, thereby severely reducing biodiversity. Many of our native pollinators need native plants to feed and reproduce, without the natives they die. Bowman’s Hill has one of the best resources on what are invasive plants and what you can do about them.
Here are invasive plants we’ve identified at the Arboretum.
Wild Edible Plants
Edibles are growing right in your own backyard! Here’s a fun guide for beginners.