Native Plants for Home Landscaping in USDA Zone 4
With many homeowners still struggling to remove the Japanese import buckthorn (Rhamnus) from their property, the idea of planting non-invasive, native plants is very appealing. Natives are also adapted to Minnesota’s often-difficult climate and soil conditions. This is not an exhaustive list, but these plants are readily available and suitable in home landscapes.
Picea glauca (White Spruce)
Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich)
Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)
Being a native plant does not mean that these plants will do well in every location in a yard. Some are sun lovers, while others prefer shade. Some like a wetter location and others will do poorly in wet soil. And don’t forget that many non-native plants have been here for a very long time and have adapted to Minnesota’s climate and soil, thriving in landscapes throughout USDA Zone 4.Prepared by Barbara Whipple, Dundee Nursery
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