Guidelines! You can create your own plant buying guidelines. That's what I did a number of years ago!
rough and tumble native wildflowers that don't need coddling. They provide food and shelter for the critters that visit and live in this garden. Of course, there are some native plants that need special care, I am not that tough a taskmaster! Those plants get extra water in the summers or are planted so they don't drown in the winters.
My guidelines are quite simple; before any plant goes into the cart, I like to make sure:
- It has a good chance to survive the difficult conditions at Clay and Limestone.
- It's a nectar or pollen source for pollinators
- It's a host plant for pollinators
- It will add to plant diversity in my critter friendly garden
- It's native to Middle Tennessee or is garden friendly (a non invasive plant)
- It isn't available locally
Hamamelis vernalis is not native to Middle Tennessee. It's one of those plants that made it into my cart and needs some extra watering in the summer to insure bud set. When it blooms in January, I am happy that I dragged the hose all over the place.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.