Native Plant Nursery
Our Native Plant Nursery is open Tue - Sun, 9 am - 5 pm. Visit our extensive variety of native plants, shrubs, and trees. Members save 10% on plants all season long! Not a member? Click here to learn more.
What's new this month? Check out our latest wildflowers coming into bloom!
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Also known as False Dragonhead, this is a tall plant with striking pink, unusual tubular flowers. Perhaps calling it obedient matches its habit of the bloom, which stays in place if twisted; though, its habit of spreading aggressively in moist soil and sun belies that name. However, in dry soil it spreads slowly, and its shallow roots make it easy to pull out if it spreads too far. It is deer-resistant and popular with hummingbirds and butterflies.
Closed Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)
Gentains are cherished for their blue flowers. Bottle gentian flowers look and stay tightly closed to our eyes, but the bees make their way totally inside the flower. Keep your eye out for wiggling flowers! After being pollinated, the edges of the petals turn pink, which tells the bees to move on to another flower. They grow well in moist soil and a mix of sun and in a border planting. Woodlands with rich soil and dappled sun are its usual home.
Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)
This plant's white flowers bloom in spring and are followed by vibrant fall foliage and lots of red berries, which are loved by birds. It grows taller than wide, so consider planting it with something shorter to avoid a leggy look.
The Red Chokeberries bloomed in the spring. But right now, berries are starting to form. They are not ripe yet, but if you plant it now, you'll see ripe berries soon!
Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
This is a drought-tolerant bee balm that grows well in sunny, well-drained areas. The flowers are an intricate stacked combination of pink, green and white. Though not as tall as other monarda, it has a nice fragrance and is an ecosystem powerhouse for butterflies and pollinators.
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
This blue lobelia grows and seeds vigorously. A hardy, adaptable plant, it will bloom in sun or shade. Much more vigorous but less stately than Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), it is an important native bumblebee plant.