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I've noticed that you are giving lectures on native perennials, trees and shrubs, and I also see on your website you specialize in native plants. What exactly is a "native" plant?
A native plant is one that evolved naturally and was
growing here prior to arrival of European settlers in the 17th century.
These plants are the foundation of our local natural communities.
They have co-evolved and adapted over thousands of years to the
soil types and weather conditions of our region while interacting with
distinct communities of microorganisms, insects, mammals, fish and
birds. Birds, butterflies, bees, beneficial insects and other animals
prefer native plants for food, shelter and nesting places. The variety
of birds, insects and animals attracted to native plants provide natural
pest, disease and weed control in our landscapes. Native plants also
play a role in attracting these creatures back into our landscapes as
pollinators. Native plants are rugged and require fewer resources and less maintenance to thrive.
When I design gardens, I always try to incorporate native plants into the design. There are many great
choices available for a variety of garden habitats. As always, the key to a good garden design is putting the
right plant in the right location since not every native plant will be a good match for your garden. You must do
your homework and know your plants. To help you in learning native plants, Sprigs & Twigs has produced
a high quality, glossy, 44 card set (the same size as baseball cards), called "Native Plants of Connecticut-
Perennial Series" that shows a picture of the plant on the front and a complete description of characteristics
on the back. The set comes in a plastic case. If you would like to have a set, you can pick one up at our office,
41 Kings Hwy, Suite 207, Gales Ferry for $12.75 (includes sales tax), or call us at 860-235-0752 with a credit
card and we can mail a set to you for $15.00 (includes sales tax).
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About Linda Lillie
Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier
landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry
service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of
Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national
award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.