Gardening with Native Plants
What better plants to thrive in our area than the ones that have been here all along?
Gardening with native plants or “naturescaping” can require some relearning because throughout most of our lives we have been taught to remove native plants – often viewed as “weeds” – and to replace them with plants that are common in the nursery industry. These can perform many useful functions but may need soil amendments and special care in order to adapt to the environment.
Native plants save water, as they need very little or none once established. They clean the air, attract songbirds and result in a unique landscape characterizing the area in which you live.
Evergreen Nursery seeks out attractive native plants and can offer many ways you can start working them into your summer landscape!
Native Plant of the Month:
Pedilanthus macrocarpus, AKA ‘slipper plant’ or ‘lady’s slipper’ is one of the best container plants for warm climates and is extremely drought tolerant, requiring only bimonthly irrigation, even in containers. A California native, the slipper plant provides a unique vertical accent in containers or the landscape and bears striking blooms.
- It grows slowly, eventually forming a clump of stems to about 2-3 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Stems are nearly leafless and can be lime green or gray. They may stand straight up or grow arched and wavy depending on the variety.
- Fall and spring, pairs of intricate orange-red slipper-shaped flowers emerge from the bare stems, attracting hummingbirds as well as admiration.
- In extreme heat, stems may blanch due to an inability to produce adequate chlorophyll. Lady’s slipper is quite frost tender and can suffer damage at 30 degrees F.