Gardening - The Importance of Planting Natives
Planting native plants in your yard provides birds with the necessary fruits, insects and nesting territory they need to survive and prosper. Below is a list of native plant sellers in Michigan we recommend as well as a video starring Dr. Doug Tallamy regarding the importance of planting native plants.
Tips before buying:
• Check height, sun, soil, water needs, & plant’s assertiveness ~ Right Plant/Right Place
• Makes sure to buy native plants that are actually native to Michigan. Native is a broad term that is used to describe plants native to a place somewhere in the USA. It is important to buy natives indigenous to where you are planting your garden. When buying native, do not shop by hardiness zone, shop by the plant’s native range. Do your homework.
• Shop using the plant’s formal name, since common names can vary. Formal names avoid costly mistakes or inadvertently buying a non-native introduced version of the native plant
• Avoid cultivars/nativars. Typically they are far less beneficial to birds, butterflies, bees, and more. Some cultivars have absolutely no benefits; some can cause harm to hosting caterpillars, some have virtually no nectar. Straight-species natives are best! To avoid nativars watch for natives with fancy names on the label or patent numbers. Cultivars are readily sold at nurseries, so be an informed shopper
Native Plant Suppliers
Designs By Nature
Detroit Wildflower Nursery
East Michigan Native Plants, LLC
900 N Every Road
Mason, MI 48854