It's easy to imagine dinosaurs happily munching these plants. Their size alone would fill up even a prehistoric belly.
|Petasite foliage, early Spring|
Sometimes the giant leaves wilt in great heat or are punctured by hail. They bounce right back. These easy showstoppers attract attention from March until October. Then, they just fade away, no cutting back required. How much easier can it get?
Native plants are those which naturally are found here in Zone Five and a Half. Centuries of test drives by nature make these hardy plants great bets for the garden. These plants are self reliant, there's no fertilizing or fuss in the forest.
|Delicate Bloodroot Flowers ready to unfurl (April)|
Bloodroot, another tropical looking favorite is nearly ready to unfurl its tiny tulip-like flowers. Soon, these notched-leafed slow spreaders will add structure to the rock garden. Again, these purchases from a plant sale have become easy regulars.
|Bloodroot in May|
When looking for safe, but fun bets for the yard, look no further than local native plants. It's nice to sit back, allowing nature do the hard work.
Pushing the zone has its rewards, but sometimes, so does going with the flow.