Category Archives: Native Plants

What’s in Your Garden?

An american toad in a native garden

It’s no secret that native gardens lack plant variety compared to traditional gardens. Why not try more native plants in your garden?! By Scott Woodbury (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2015.) It’s no secret that native gardens lack plant variety compared to traditional gardens. A trip to a local garden center illustrates the point. Native plants

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Purple Coneflower: Made for the Shade

A photo of purple coneflower

A common misconception about purple coneflower is that they are sun-worshiping prairie dwellers. Not so. In nature they grow in the woods, open woods that is, or savannas where the trees are widely spaced, limbs are high and only patchy-filtered sunlight reaches the ground floor. By Scott Woodbury [This photo was original published in The Gateway Gardener June 2015 issue.]

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Purples and Pinks in The Gateway Gardener Garden

In late April, purples and pinks are dominating the scene in The Gateway Gardener gardens. Click on any photo to view and click on the forward or backward arrows to move through the photo gallery. After the last slide, click inside the photo to close. (Note: if you choose the Slideshow option, the captions don’t appear, so if you want

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Tips for a Successful Native Garden

By Cindy Gilberg (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue.) Replacing a percent of high- maintenance lawn with a more sustainable low-maintenance landscape is a growing trend for the future. “The increased requests I get for assistance is proof that people are using more and more native plants each year, not fewer,” says Scott Woodbury,

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