Our fourth winning entry to the “What’s Your Favorite Native Plant?” contest comes from Missy Isaacs:
My favorite native plant is: “ Sourwood tree. Beautiful fall color, blooms in the summer, my honeybees love the pollen, and the blooms remind me of my handicapped cousin’s hands, she has the most delicate and graceful hands but because of her cp, they are clinched tightly when she is awake. When she is relaxed, her hands release and she has the sweetest hands ever and the sourwood’s bloom remind me of her sweet little hands.”
Oxydendron arboreum is known as Sourwood or Sorrel Tree and is an ericaceous plant,…
Here is another winning entry to the EcoBeneficial t-shirt competition from Kay Wulff, answering: “What is Your Favorite Native Plant and Why?”
“Skunk Cabbage is my favorite native plant. It is so original, showing its flower before all others in spring. It has adapted to live in the wet lands where many people do not dare to go. It creates it’s own little habitat for it’s flower by making a heated haven for early spring insects. I love this plant because I don’t think anyone else out there would.…
Here is one of the winning entries to the EcoBeneficial t-shirt competition: “What’s Your Favorite Native Plant and Why” from winner Kay Davis:
“I would have to say bergamot is one of my favorite plants… When in bloom its beauty is stunning, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies not to mention an assortment of various bees. The blooms are not only attractive but they and the leaves are very fragrant which is another thing I love about this plant. Just breathing it in makes my day. …
Thank you to everyone who participated in the t-shirt competition. There were many wonderful submissions and it was very hard to choose. The 5 winners are: Penny Lewis, Kay Wulf, Autumn Thomas, Missy Clark Isaacs, and Kay Davis. Starting today, I’ll share their answers on this blog.
(Winners, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address, t-shirt style and size choice; t-shirt details can be found on the ebay link on www.ecobeneficial.com)
Here is Penny Lewis’ terrific and informative submission:
Senna hebecarpa (Wild Senna)
Also called Cassia hebecarpa
Of the many native plants that I have grown and love,…
The European Honey Bee and our 4,000 species of native bees in the U.S. have suffered dramatic losses to their populations due to a combination of many factors. Since bees pollinate a significant portion of our food crops, this is a problem that affects all of us. Without bee pollination services, many of our common fruits, nuts and vegetables would no longer be available.
Most of our suburban and urban landscapes offer little in the way of nectar and pollen sources which bees depend upon. …
Here are some easy ways to increase the health of the ecosystem in your landscape. If you have more tips, please let us know.
1) Reduce or eliminate your lawn – it’s an ecological desert.
2) Focus on increasing the health of your soil – it’s filled with life! Compost is king for many soils, not fertilizer.
3) Eliminate synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Use organic counterparts sparingly, and carefully, if at all.
4) Support beneficial insects with appropriate native plantings….
Still wondering what to plant this spring? How about boosting the ecosystem in your yard with some native woody plants. Replace invasive, exotic plants in your yard with some regionally native plants. Check out the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower plant database to see if the plants suggested below are native to your area. Give me a shout if you need some help for your area.
And, let us know what natives you are planting in your yard this spring.
Remove: Japanese Angelica Tree (Aralia Alata)
Plant: Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Remove: Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Plant: Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Remove: Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Plant: Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Remove: White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Plant: Red Mulberry (Morus rubra)
Remove: Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
Plant: Apple Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora)
Remove: Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Plant: Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Remove: Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
Plant: Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
Remove: Arrow Bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica)
Plant: Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Remove: Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Plant: Pasture Rose (Rosa carolina)
Remove: Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
Plant: Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
Remove: Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)
Plant: Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
Remove: Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)
Plant: Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa)
Remove: Russian Olive (Elaegnus angustifolia)
Plant: Groundsel (Baccharis halimifolia)
Remove: Autumn Olive (Elaegnus umbellata)
Plant: Silverberry (Elaegnus commutatus)
Remove: Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Plant: Virginia Rose (Rosa virginiana)
Remove: Linden Viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum)
Plant: American Cranberrybush (Viburnum trilobum)
Remove: Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinensis)
Plant: Arrowood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Remove: European Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)
Plant: Possum Haw (Viburnum nudum)
Happy Spring Planting from Kim Eierman at EcoBeneficial!…
Approximately two-thirds of the bird species found in the U.S. are migrating birds. Some migrants travel great distances while others don’t go far at all. The farthest travelers are the neo-tropical migrants which breed in the U.S. in the warmer seasons and then travel to Mexico, Canada , South America, or the Caribbean to overwinter. When they return in the Spring they are hungry, tired, and preparing to breed. You can provide them with much needed resources by planting a bird-friendly EcoBeneficial Garden….
There are many, many reasons to use native plants in your landscape. One great reason is to support the caterpillars of butterflies. If you don’t feed those caterpillars, you won’t support the transformation of caterpillars into adult butterflies in your landscape.
Adult butterflies eat mostly nectar found in flowering plants, and most adult butterflies use a variety of plant species to nectar from (“nectar plants”). But the caterpillars of butterflies are another matter altogether. Caterpillars eat the plants themselves, mainly the leaves….