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Fall Gardening and Native Perennials

Posted by on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Fall can be one of the most fantastic times to garden.  Cooler weather makes for a better work environment and nothing is more exciting than harvesting and planning out next year’s gardens.  Fall is the time to plant those trees and perennials for next spring.  Perhaps till up a new area for that native perennial garden you’ve always wanted. 

Natives are a new and exciting niche in perennials.  Nothing beats a native for ease of care.  Most are extremely drought tolerant, don’t require winter mulching and are extremely disease and pest resistant.  Less than 1% of our native prairies remain, so even a backyard garden is beneficial for the environment, since most of these species readily re-seed.    

Green Valley has joined the native perennial movement.  We have several varieties that can help you get started on your native plot.  2011 should see this list greatly expanded as we add more quality native varieties to our selection. 

Here are a few of the natives that can be purchased at Green Valley Garden Center. 

Andropogon Scoparius

Andropogon Scoparius "Little Bluestem", Zone 3, 40-48" tall


Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum), Zone 4, 24-48" tall

Asclepias Incarnata

Asclepias Incarnata (Swamp Milkweed), Zone 3, 24-48"


Asclepias Tuberosa
Asclepias Tuberosa (Butterfly Weed), Zone 3, 24-36″ tall


Heuchera Richarsonii

Heuchera Richarsonii (Prairie Alumroot), Zone 3, 12-24" tall

Panicum Virgatum

Panicum Virgatum (Switchgrass), Zone 4, 3-6 feet tall

Sporobulus Heterolepis

Sporobulus Heterolepis (Northern Dropseed), Zone 3, 24-36" tall



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  1. Philon 08 Sep 2010 at 11:09 am 1

    if you are looking for more detailed information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is an interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at which will allow you to locate your USDA zone based on zipcode or city.

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