Right Plant, Right Place
You’ve probably heard this ALOT if you have been reading about native plants. But, what do we mean by that?
We mean that each plant has unique needs, and if you match the plant’s needs to the site, your plant will live. If a plant needs dry shade, and you plant it in dry shade, it should thrive. Don’t try to plant it in moist sun, or it will fail.
Information Is Key
Because of the many unique requirements of native plants, we have created detailed signage for the plants here in our nursery. We list its soil needs, sunlight needs, and moisture needs.
We use respected reference books, relying heavily on the series by William Cullina, “The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” by Michael Dirr, and “Native Plants of the Northeast” by Donald Leopold. We’ll check the USDA database online to verify the plant’s native status. We often consult other online resources we know to be reliable. Then we add in what we have learned ourselves from over 20 years of experience working with native plants.
Next, we select icons to represent some key qualities of each plant. We have a library of icons we put on each sign, to give you information at a glance so. We have icons for butterfly value, wildlife value, bird value, deer resistance and other qualities.
Then we decide which information is important enough to put on our sign without overwhelming you. Where we can, we put a QR code on the sign, which will take you to more plant information on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlflower website.
We have posted all our signs on this website so if you buy a plant, a forget what it needs you can check back. Here are links to them.
TREES SHRUBS AND VINES. (Alphabetical by Botanic Name)
PERENNIAL PLANTS.(Alphabetical by Botanic Name)
So next time you visit, we hope you’ll give yourself time to select the right plant for the right place, and that the information on our signs is helpful. Here is a sampling of the icons you will find on our signs: