Going Native

I encourage everyone to consider including local native plants in the landscape. They offer so many advantages: save time and water with more tolerant plants, less fertilizer needed, and when winter approaches, less need for protection and barriers for these hardy plants.

Looking over the MSU Extension Service new supplemental website http://nativeplants.msu.edu/ , I found the following list of pretty blooming native perennials:

In addition to simplifying your work in the garden, adding natives can improve the quality of your soil, conserve water and better resist unwanted garden pests. I urge you to take a look at some of the ‘natives’ at your local nursery or garden center this holiday weekend and add some to your home’s gardens!