Herbaceous plants have a prominent position within the plant selection strategies for creating cultivated, sustainable landscapes. Whether annual, perennial, or somewhere in between, these plants have continued to attract widespread attention by gardeners and commercial landscapers alike for their flowering and/or foliage features. Perhaps no other time in the history of herbaceous plant cultivation have we witnessed such a plethora of new and different plant choices in the marketplace, providing pleasant challenges for any gardener planning a new garden or enhancing those already existing. Color, site suitability, cost, and life cycle have frequently predominated most anyone’s decision process, and now species nativity has experienced a heightened value in making one’s selection. A wide array of suitable native species and derived cultivars will be discussed in this presentation, highlighting those plants with qualities that are frequently considered colorful and visually appealing by landscapers and gardeners alike. Attention will also be given to highlighting and discussing aggressive natives and the sensible inclusion of non-native, non-invasive plants that contribute to successful landscape performance, visual interest, and function within a low maintenance philosophy. Making smart plant selection decisions with an open mind will be stressed throughout this presentation… all natives are not necessarily good choices for the garden and just because a plant is a non-native does not make it a bad choice.
Be able to match the right native plant to a variety of specific landscape conditions (e.g. wet soils, full sun, and shade).
Learn the individual color attributes of a variety of North American native plants and how to combine them in design settings.
Increase awareness and knowledge of suitable North American native plants for cultivated landscapes.