Learn About Native Plant Gardening

Bring Life to Your Landscape with Native Plants.

A big HELLO to all you ‘patcher’s out there, it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this community.

My name is Louise Schaefer.   Along with my business partner Sue Tantsits, we founded , located in the Fogelsville area.  This is our tenth season in business.

We hope to post here through the growing season about ways you can incorporate native plants into your landscape no matter how big or small. 

Why are native plants important?

Native plants play an important role in our local ecosystem;  they do a job that can’t be done by just any plant, providing habitat for wildlife, bees, insects, bugs, birds, butterflies and small mammals.

They are also beautiful to look at through the seasons, and provide entertainment too!  We love looking out the window at all the birds and insects that flit and float in and out of our native plantings.

Please let us know your questions about native plants, we’re looking forward to a growing conversation with you.  

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Ron Beitler April 26, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Will white wood aster compete with Garlic mustard? Got a bank... shady... 'infested' with garlic mustard and has some walnut trees to boot..... tough spot.
Louise Schaefer April 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM
there are lists of plants that tolerate juglans....but experience varies widely. Best to start small and see what works. Asters generally appear on the list. Nothing will choke out the garlic mustard, but I have feeling white wood asters may intersperse among it. Handpulling it in small sections as you replant with natives will help.
Louise Schaefer April 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Here's the official scoop on garlic mustard, from http://www.invasive.org/eastern/midatlantic/alpe.html "Because garlic mustard seeds can survive for five or more years in the soil, effective management of garlic mustard requires a long-term commitment. Hand removal of entire plants, including the roots, is effective for light, scattered infestations. Cutting flowering plants low to the ground in spring will prevent flowering and thus seed production. Careful hand removal and bagging of plants with mature fruits can be done from June through August. Several herbicides are also effective for its control. Researchers are investigating the potential for biological control of garlic mustard."
matt April 30, 2012 at 09:00 AM
i need some native color for a full-sun spot outside of my vegetable garden. would prefer something with a little height to it. got anything for me??
Louise Schaefer April 30, 2012 at 09:58 AM
coneflower, garden phlox, new england aster, joe pye, smooth aster, false sunflower...there are many many choices.


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