Featured Plants

 

A Fine Time for Columbine

Columbine’s showy late spring blooms may look intimidating to first-time gardeners, but have no fear! This wildflower is one hardy native that’s impressive, low-maintenance and can grow in almost any region in the country.

 

A Heap of Praise for Hepatica

While blustery spring winds blow, hardy, beautiful Hepatica perseveres! This lovely little plant can create a sea of early color no matter what weather Mother Nature throws its way – which is why it’s our author’s favorite early spring bloomer!

 

Arkansas Blue Star: An Amazing Native

Arkansas blue star has the durability of the best natives combined with the grace and charm of a refined perennial. It offers interest year-round, including pretty springtime blooms and amazing fall color. (Yet despite its beauty, the deer seem to avoid it!)

 

Athyrium filix-femina: a Fern Fit for a Lady (and Shady Garden)

Looking for a hardy native fern for those shady spaces in your garden? Athyrium filix-femina – or ladyfern – is an easy-to-grow beauty worth trying. Learn more about this frilly perennial fern, including how to propagate it to expand your collection.

 

Baby Blue Eyes: A Great California Wildflower

Baby blue eyes is one of California’s most beautiful native wildflowers. Sow the seed now, and you can enjoy the benefits come spring.

 

Everything’s Better With Bluebonnets on It!

Looking for a loyal spring bloomer? Lovely lupines grow just about anywhere in the US, come in a rainbow of colors (including many shades of blue), have few pest and disease issues, and reseed themselves for wonderful patches of early season beauty year after year after year! Just seed in fall and enjoy in spring!

 

Five Fantastic Natives for Your Northwest Garden

Perennials native to the Pacific Northwest offer great garden diversity, from subtle greens to brilliant yellows, sun to shade, and wet to dry soils. No matter where you live in the region, one of these beauties is bound to work in your garden.

 

Five Great Natives of the Great Southwest

It’s hard to choose the best native plants of the vast southwestern US, but here are five that are outstanding in color, form and landscape performance.

 

Five Texas Natives Lady Bird Loved

The late Lady Bird Johnson believed in making America a more beautiful place. Here are five ever-popular Texas wildflowers she surely would’ve liked to see more widely grown.

 

For the Love of Iris

Pacific Coast iris is one of the easiest – and most dramatic – West Coast native plants to grow in a garden (especially useful under live oaks).

 

Franklin Tree: Planting History

Our nation’s history has been shaped thanks to amazing men and women, great events, the pursuit of happiness, liberty and justice…and a little tree.

 

Got Milkweed?

Milkweeds are easy-to-grow plants that offer butterflies habitat, while bringing fantastic color and terrific fragrance to your garden.

 

Hop on the Yaupon (It’s Thornless!)

Despite it’s “pukey” Latin name, Ilex vomitoria is a pretty holly that has good drought tolerance, grows in a wide variety of soil types and isn’t commonly bothered by pests. Give this attractive native plant a try, and feel good about it!

 

Joe-Pye Weed: Tall, Bold and Handsome

Joe-Pye Weed is one of the largest herbaceous perennials used in the landscape. If given enough room and kept well-watered during summer, its grand size and pollinator-attracting blooms will allow this beautiful, tall, purple wildflower to shine.

 

Lone Star Natives: Tall on Appeal

The plant diversity of the Lone Star State means there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to gardening with natives. Here are five of the most popular Texas plants that work well in many parts of the country.

 

Nifty Northwest Natives

The Pacific Northwest offers so many wonderful native plants, it’s pretty hard to choose a favorite. (But Lane Greer, one of our horticulture experts, gives it a try!)

 

Nutty for California Natives

Gardening in California can be tough, with dry summers and wet winters wreaking havoc on needy landscapes. So why not try incorporating some native plants recommended by Learn2Grow’s own Dirt Diva? These low-maintenance beauties can help carry your garden through even the toughest conditions Mother Nature doles out.

 

Pledging Allegiance to Summer-Blooming Natives

Summer calls for rockets’ red glare, “liberty” bells and blue fireworks. Grow your own with native summer-blooming perennials!

 

Shady Garden? Don’t Forget Your Bishop’s Cap!

Shady woodland spots need special plants to cope with the unique conditions. Bishop’s cap is a wonderfully behaved, beautiful groundcover that simply lights up these spots with delicate flowers each spring.

 

Wild Ginger: A Tough Native Groundcover

Whether you’re interested in woodland gardens or just have a tough shady spot in your yard that’s calling for help, wild ginger may be the plant for you. It’s lush, green leaves work hard to fill in difficult areas and make your garden shine all season long!

 

Wild Sweet William: A Good Guy for Spring

Woodland wildflowers add special beauty to the garden, especially in early spring. Used along a path or mixed with other early wildflowers, wild sweet William proves to be a garden gem that shines – even in shade.

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