Native Plants Are Well Adapted and Extremely Hardy
Beautiful, hardy, locally adapted native plants are great choices for growing in home
gardens and landscapes, along rivers and trails and in business and public spaces, parks
and natural areas.
Native plants grew here in western PA long before the arrival of European settlers. These
plants evolved and adapted naturally over time in the soils, climate, topography and moisture
conditions of the Allegheny Plateau region.
Plants for All Growing Conditions
Well chosen, these native plants are marvelously adapted to present day growing situations. Blue
curls love sun, dry soil and are drought tolerant. Bishop's Cap and Twinleaf thrive in rich loamy
earth and shade. Blue Flag Iris enjoys sun and "wet feet" in constantly soggy soil. Wild Senna
takes to CLAY!!! Butterfly Weed likes rocky hillsides and full sun. Woodland Asters and Black
Cohosh thrive in relatively dry, deep shade. Our catalog lists desired growing conditions for close
to 100 species we are currently propagating.
Native Plants are Disappearing
Native plants are keystone underpinnings of ecosystems. And unfortunely, native plants are
disappearing from our landscapes. Development continues to shrink and fragment natural areas.
Invasive exotic plants crowd out native plants and we commonly fill our yards and green areas
with a small variety of introduced plants. Butterflies, birds, ants and bees, among others,
co-evolved with native plants and rely on them for food and habitat. We live in an enormous
network of unseen relationships. So, when native plants, ants, bees, wasps, butterflies and
birds disappear, yet other things perish and our environment is impoverished.
Native Plants Bloom in Myriad, Stunning Colors Over the Growing Season
Native perennials and shrubs, as well as trees, grow in a wonderful, wild, changing rainbow
of colors and foliage all season long. Luckily, we have the opportunity to restore these native
plants to our landscapes and enjoy their diverse beauty.
Revel in drifts of Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) that shine with lovely rich-yellow flowers in
flat-topped umbels like Queen Anne's Lace in spring . . . Enjoy early Wild Columbine
(Aquilegia canadensis) in dappled shade with it's distinctive red spurred outer flower that
shelters a yellow inner flower . . . Spot the
single starry white flowers of Bowman's Root (Porteranthus trifoliatus) and clusters of
white Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) blossoms in June . . . Wade through exuberant
clouds of brown-eyed, yellow daisylike flowers on the 3'-8' tall stems of Tall Coreopsis
(Coreopsis tripteris) in July . . . Watch for Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) with
brilliant scarlet fl owers that are magnets for hummingbirds in July and August
. . . Drink in the astounding deep blue of massed Bottle Gentian (Gentiana clause)
in August and September . . . Catch the spiky yellow flowers of Witch-hazel
(Hamamelis virginiana) in October.