Native Plants for Your Maine Garden by Maureen Heffernan

By Maureen Heffernan

There are numerous reliable the reason why savvy gardeners cherish local crops of their landscapes. during this publication, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens government director Maureen Heffernan presents details and idea for gardeners approximately how you can decide on the easiest crops for various destinations and offers how to deal with hard stipulations. Heffernan discusses flowering perennials, foliage vegetation, grasses, flooring covers, shrubs, and timber, and she or he presents pattern backyard plans designed by means of specialists.

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After a heavy rain, what areas drain well and what areas have standing water that takes hours or even days to recede? Select plants accordingly, and you’ll be far ahead in achieving a successful garden with thriving plants rather than one with plants that just struggle along. Another important consideration in plant selection is bloom time. Select a mix of species so that something is in bloom throughout the growing season. Also select plants that offer other ornamental features throughout the year, from spring into winter.

Soil tests are easy to do. For the best and most scientifically reliable results, contact your local county extension service for information on ordering a soil test kit. Carefully follow the directions on how to collect soil samples from different spots in your garden, and then send the samples back to a professional testing and analysis lab. The lab results should tell you the soil pH, the levels of critical nutrients (such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium), and the amounts of organic matter in the soil.

They can also frequently be purchased or obtained from horticultural societies, public garden plant sales, and seed exchanges. It is important to verify that the native plants you choose for your landscaping have not been improperly or illegally dug from the wild—a practice that can endanger their numbers and habitats. Make sure you purchase from reliable sources that propagate their own plants. If you aren’t sure, ask the seller where he or she obtained the plants. Another reason to choose native plants for your garden is to help preserve the region’s botanical heritage.

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