Local is good the more local the better. This is a good rule when selecting native plants for your garden. I like to grow from local seed when i can this translates to a more locally adapted plant. The native plant movement is gaining momentum in design circles and there are great resources to learn about them. one website: www.plantnative.org is a good place to start. I believe we need to think beyond th borders of our landscape when we make choices and the natural plant communities are a good place to get inspiration.
I have been blessed to work with many great native plant enthusiasts over the years and have learned a great deal from them.
Local Birmingham sources for natives are growing here is a short list:
The Nursery at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve-contact charles Yeager preserve manager or Tyler Newton
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center nursery-contact Jamie Nobles at ruffner
Birmingham Botanical Gardens plant sales fall and spring contact John Manion or Taylor Steele
Native plant options
Aronia arbutifolia chokeberry-deciduous multitrunk shrub
with white flower cluster in spring and berries in the fall. A good mixed border plant for bird
gardens. Has nice fall foliage as
well. Moist to dry locations. Sun
Viburnum Dentatum Arrowwood Vibrunmum-medium sized shrub
will sucker in wet conditions to colonize, has straight stems with arrowshaped
leaves white flowers in spring give way to purple berries browsed by
wildlife. Sun to shade
Ilex decidua Winterberry holly- medium deciduous with vase shaped habit, red berries in
late winter are food for returning songbirds. Moist to dry locations Sun part shade
Rhus Aromatica Fragrant Sumac-3-6 feet tall multi stemming
shrub with edible orange fruits.
Striking fall colors and drought tolerance make this a great choice
for tough garden spots. Part sun
Taxodium Distichium Bald Cypress-can become a tall tree over
time takes wet or dry conditions and is a deciduous tree. Found mostly in swamps it is right at
home as a street or specimen tree. Nice fall
Chionanthus Virginicus Fringe tree-Small tree usually multi
stem. White flower clusters in
late spring leads to bluish fruit in late summer this can be a nice specimen or
planted as a grouping. Moist to
dry sites with well drained soils.
Betula Nigra River Birch-usually 2 –3 trunks with dramatic
peeling bark grows to 40 or so feet likes wet soils but will live in a semi dry
Amelanchier Canadensis Serviceberry-medium shrub with multi
stem growth habit, white flower clusters in spring lead to delicious fruits in
the summer. You ll have to fight
the birds for them though. Max
height 8-12 feet good screening
Spirea Van Houttei- Mounding shrub to 6 feet with thick
white flower clusters in spring good hedging shrub or as a showy accent
plant. Tolerant of many
Cornus amomum Swamp dogwood- reddish stems create a
multistem shrub to 7 feet with spring blooms will bear fruit in the right
conditions. Tolerates wet areas.
Hammamelis Virginiana Witch Hazel-late blooming shrub to
small tree scalloped leaves turn brilliant yello in autumn goo for wet or soggy
soils but will do well in any garden setting once established.
Phlox pilosa- woodland phlox is a groundcover that produces pink blooms in spring mixes well with fern and shade grasses and sedges.
Juncus effusus soft rush with green soft needle like foliage is a clumping grasslike plant that enjoys the waters edge but will do well in normal garden soils. Rain garden plant.
Panicum Virgatum Dallas Blues Switch grass- tall 4-5 feet,
uprightst grass with blue stems and large flower head very showy and
durable. Good for mixed border or
as a meadow plant. Once
extablished very reliable.
Muhlenbergia Cappillaris Muhly Grass fine leaved grass with
late summer blooms pink in tone.
Great as a specimen or massed.
Good alternative to turfgrass or shrubbery easy care.
Carex Laxiculimis-blue wood sedge grows in moist well drained soils and clay soils has silvery blue foliage and grows in clumps making it a good choice in part shade and wet areas.
Carex Stricta-Tussock sedge a wetland plant that is adaptable to grow beneath a downspout or drip line. Finely textured foliage mounds up then flops over creating the 'tussock' shape. great for rain gardens.
Call or email for other plants u do not see as I am growing many different things. ph#205-901-8600 email firstname.lastname@example.org