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Go Native This Weekend

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When it comes to plants, the folks at The Native Plant Center in Valhalla will tell you that natives have some real advantages. Their mission is “educating people about the environmental necessity, economic value and natural beauty of native plants in the Northeast.”

This weekend, the Native Plant Center is teaming up with Perennial Gardens nursery in Bedford for a native plant sale. A percentage of cash, check and debit card sales (not credit cards) will be donated to help further the Center’s mission. There will be native plant experts on hand to answer all your questions. Scroll down for a list of native trees, shrubs and perennials for sale at the nursery.

Native plants are those that have grown up around these parts for a few millennia. Native plants use less water, need less maintenance and provide familiar shelter and food to our Westchester critters.

Not all non-native plants are invasive, but according to the U.S. National Arboretum website, “a naturally aggressive plant may be especially invasive when it is introduced to a new habitat.  An invasive species that colonizes a new area may gain an ecological edge since the insects, diseases, and foraging animals that naturally keep its growth in check in its native range are not present in its new habitat. Some invasive plants are worse than others.”

Unfortunately, most garden centers still sell some of the worst invasives: English ivy, liatris, Japanese barberry, Japanese honeysuckle and burning bush. It’s up to homeowners and landscapers to stop buying the invasives and create demand for native plants.

2011 Native Plant Sale
Perennial Gardens in Bedford, NY
414 Old Post Road, Bedford  NY 10506
Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Call the Perennial Gardens, Inc. at:  914-234–6311 with any questions about this event.

Perennial Gardens Native Plants List – Summer 2011
Native Trees and Shrubs

Scientific Name,  Common Name

Aesculus parviflora     White Flowering Bottlebrush Buckeye
Amalanchier lamarkii    Lamark Serviceberry/Shadblow
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’    Massachusetts Kinnickkinnick
Aristolochia macrophylla        Dutchment’s Pipe
Asimina triloba    Pawpaw
Betula nigra ‘Little King’      Little King Compact River Birch
Campsis radicans        Trumpet Vine
Cercis canadensis ‘Ace of Hearts’       Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis ‘Pink Heartbreaker’   Pink Heartbreaker Weeping Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis ‘ Forest Pansy’       Purple Leaf Eastern Redbud
Clethera alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’   Pink Flowering Summersweet
Clethera alnifolia       White Flowering Summersweet
Cornus alternifolia     Alternate Leaf/Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus canadensis       Bunchberry
Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’      Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood
Cornus racemosa ‘Geauge’        Graytwig Dogwood
Diervilla lonicera      Low Bush Honeysuckle
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, ‘Alice’      Oakleaf Hydrangea (Assorted Varieties)
Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’  Compact Inkberry
Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’     Henry’s Garnet Virginia Sweetspire
Kalmia latifolia ‘Pinwheel’, ‘Carousel’, ‘Elf’  Mountain Laurel
Leucothoe axillaris     Coast Leucothoe
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Blanche Sandman’   Trumpet Honeysuckle
Myrica pensylvanica     Northern Bayberry
Pachysandra procumbens    Allegheny Spurge
Philadelphus ‘Snow White Sensation’     Snow White Sensation Mock Orange
Rhamnus ‘Fine Line’     Fine Line Buckthorn
Rubus odoratus ‘Jewel’, ‘Autumn Britten’       Flowering Raspberry
Rubus species ‘Black Satin’, ‘Chester’  Flowering Blackberry
Vaccinium angustifolium ‘Burgundy’,’Top Hat’    Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Duke’,’Rubel’,’Northsky’   Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Rubel’    Rubel Highbush Blueberry
Vacinium x ‘North Country’      North Country Blueberry
Viburnum dentatum ‘Blue Blaze’, Blue Muffin’    Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’     Winterthur Witherod Viburnum
Viburnum trilobum ‘Wentworth’   Wentworth American Cranberry Viburnum
Wisteria ‘Amethyst Falls’, ‘Pink Ice’   Flowering Wisteria

Native Perennials
Scientific Name        Common Name
Actaea pachypoda        Baneberry
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Blue Ice’      Blue Ice Blue Star Flower
Anemone canadensis      Windflower
Aquilegia canadensis    Wild Columbine (Assorted Varieties)
Aruncus dioicus      Goats Beard
Asarum canadense        Wild Ginger
Asclepias incarnata     Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’       Yellow Butterfly Weed
Aster divaricatus       White Wood Aster
Aster novi-belgii       New York Aster
Athyrium felix-femina   Lady Fern
Athyrium felix-femina ‘Lady in Red’     Lady in Red Fern
Baptisia australis      False Indigo
Boltonia asteroides     False Chamomile
Caltha palustrus        Marsh Marigold
Chelone glabra  Turtle Head
Cimicifuga racemosa     Bugbane
Coreopsis grandiflora   Tickseed (Assorted Varieties)
Coreopsis verticillata  Threadleaf Tickseed (Assorted Varieties)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula       Hay-scented Fern
Dicentra eximia Bleeding Heart
Doedecatheon meadia     Shooting Star
Echinacea purpurea      Purple Coneflower
Gaillardia pulchella    Blanket Flower (Assorted Varieties)
Gaura lindheimeri        Guara
Geranium maculatum      Wild Geranium
Gentiana septemfida     Summer Gentain
Geum rivale      Geum
Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Nights’    Summer Nights Oxeye Daisy
Hepatica spp.   Liverleaf
Heuchera americana      Coral Bells
Iris cristata   Dwarf Crested Iris
Iris versicolor Blue Flag Iris
Liatris spicata Gayfeather
Lobelia cardinalis      Cardinal Flower
Lobelia siphilitica     Great Blue Lobelia
Matteucia struthiopteris        Ostrich Fern
Monarda didyma  Bee Balm (Assorted Varieties)
Oenothera (native selections)   Sundrops (Assorted Varieties)
Osmunda cinnamomea      Cinnamon Fern
Panicum virgatum         Switchgrass
Penstemon digitalis      Beard Tongue
Phlox divaricata        Woodland Phlox
Phlox paniculata (native selections)    Tall Garden Phlox
Phlox stolonifera (native selections)   Creeping Phlox
Phlox subulata (native selections)      Moss Phlox
Podophyllum peltatum    Mayapple
Polygonatum biflorum    Smooth Solomon’s Seal
Polystichum acrostichoides      Christmas Fern
Pycnanthemum muticum    Mountain Mint
Rudbeckia fulgida (native selections)   Coneflower
Sanguinaria canadensis  Bloodroot
Sedum ternatum  Woodland Stonecrop
Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’    Blue Eyed Grass
Solidago rugosa (native selections)     Goldenrod
Stokesia laevis (native selections)     Stoke’s Aster
Tiarella cordifolia (native selections) Foam Flower
Trillium erectum ‘Red’  Wake Robbin Trillium
Trillium grandiflorum   Great White Trillium
Trillium cuneatum       Toad Trillium
Vernonia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’  Ironweed
Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed
Veronicastrum virginicum        Culver’s Root
Yucca flaccida ‘Golden Sword’   Golden Sword Yucca

Catherine Wachs, of  The Lazy Gardener, is a Larchmont-based landscape designer.

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