rusty patched bumblebee
Why Bees Are Important and How You Can Help
March 24, 2017
Vicksburg Pond & Waterfall Landscape Design Kalamazoo Grand Rapids
What is a Pondless Waterfall?
March 31, 2017

Planting native species can benefit the environment by reducing water use, lessening the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and promote pollinators (like bees, butterflies, birds & bats). Generally speaking, native plants can result in lower, long-term maintenance costs, increased plant hardiness and less work for you. Which is a win for the environment and a win for you! You can think of native plants in 4 different categories which will be covered in 4 different parts: wildflowers (part 1), ferns (part 2), trees, shrubs, and vines (part 3), and, grasses, sedges, and rushes (part 4). From there you can break it down further like you would any other plant; light requirements (full sun, part sun, shade), moisture requirements (dry, average, wet), height of plant, and any other special notes (aggressive, attracts butterflies, groundcover, etc).

Native Ferns

Maidenhair Fern - Unique to native ferns, the Maidenhair has a graceful, fan like pattern. In spring the fiddleheads appear a burgundy red, with the fronds appearing darker green in color. The Maidenhair Fern can be easy to grow if given the right growing conditions..
Lady Fern - This fern may appear to be dainty because of its finely toothed leaflets, but that is just an illusion, the Lady Fern reaches 2-3 feet tall. The stems are greenish-yellow to red, it is a highly variable in appearance and can adapt to many growing conditions, but prefers shade to part shade.
Cinnamon Fern - The Cinnamon Fern is quite large, it can reach heights of 6ft. This height includes the brown cinnamon colored fronds, which spike up from the middle of the fern. It is fairly adaptable, the Cinnamon fern generally likes moist soil, but would also grow in standing water if in full sun.

When you're ready to fill your garden with native plants, be sure to give us a call, we can help turn your landscape dreams into reality! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and Facebook for new ideas and inspiration. You can also check out our Houzz page, featuring recent projects and client reviews. Contact us today to get started on your next outdoor living project!