Native Plants

Every spring, summer & fall our local Virginia Living Museum holds a Native Plant Sale. This summer it was scheduled today and tomorrow from 9-3 in their parking lot. These plants are grown from seeds and cuttings at the museum. They have trained gardeners at the museum to help you with selections and to answer questions about the plants. Admission is free. This year they had over 70 selections of native plant species to choose from. I brought home five plants myself. The museum offers only nursery or garden propagated natives, many of which are unavailable through local retail outlets. Most of the plants are drought tolerant or will do well in wet areas such as a water garden. They even listed on the information sheets that were handed out what type of wildlife each plant attracted. Here are pictures of the plants I chose: Agastache scrophularifolia “Purple Giant Hyssop” blooms from Jul-Sep, gets 2-4 feet tall, prefers rich-average well drained soil, has fragrant flowers and foliage that attracts butterflies, bees & birds. If you deadhead it will re bloom. This plant prefers Full Sun – Part Shade. Ruellia humilis “Wild Petunia” blooms May-Sep, has lavender-blue flowers that look like tissue paper, grows 1-2 feet tall, prefers average-well drained-dry soil, drought tolerant, is a host plant for butterflies and prefers full sun-part shade conditions. Penistemon digitalis “Smooth Beardtongue” blooms from May-Jun, grows 2-6ft, prefers average-well drained dry soil, spreads through seeds will need to deadhead to keep from reseeding, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and likes Sun-part shade conditions. The flowers are white snapdragon-like with pink stripes in their throats. Did you notice the little black head to the right? Spaz refused to get out of the shot. Aclepias verticilata “Whorled Milkweed” blooms Jun-Sep, has clusters of white flowers atop stems of slender grassy foliage, grows 1-3 ft tall, prefers sun-part shade conditions, likes average-poor well drained dry soil, drought tolerant and deer resistant and is host for butterflies. The blossoms are attractive to bees as well.
Verbena hastata “Blue Vervain” blooms from Jun-Oct, has small-tubular blue flowers on spiky foliage, grows 2-6 ft, prefers average-poor well drained moist soil, likes sun-part shade, great in meadow gardens, and attracts birds, bumblebees and butterflies.


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Urban Garden Journal on June 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I love the idea of intentionally planting native plants. It makes so much sense. Your plants are very nice. I like that your dog got into one of the pics. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a great day!


  2. Posted by OhioMom on June 28, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    70 different plants and you only bought 5 ? Love that you plant native species ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Posted by Perennial Gardener on June 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    UGJ- Native plants can tolerate the weather changes in your area. They have adapted to it. Thank you, I’m happy with what I got. Yeah Spaz is a ham! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for visiting.

    Ohiomom- You are so funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do have some control when it comes to plants….some. lol Thank you.


  4. Posted by Becky on June 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I used to take my son to the VA Living Museum when he was little. I had no idea they had that plant sale though; it wouldn’t have meant anything to me at the time. The plants look great; love that they’re native.


  5. Posted by Perennial Gardener on June 28, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    It’s a small world, huh? lol I never realized they had this sale until a couple of years ago. I’ve been to a few. Thank you. I’m hoping they do well in my garden.


  6. Posted by Nancy J. Bond on June 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I love native plants in the garden and it looks like you chose some wonderful ones! Well done.


  7. Posted by Meadowview Thymes on June 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    You got great plants! They look so healthy. The Arboretum in Dallas has a plant sale once a year, but you have to get there very early in the morning! I took my mom on a garden tour in a small neighborhood close to her home last month. One of the houses had a plant sale for a fund raiser. I got small, but wonderful native plants. All the plants are doing great–I will go back there next year!


  8. Posted by Bek on June 29, 2008 at 2:02 am

    What a great sale! I bought a couple native plants last spring and I am very happy with them sofar.


  9. Posted by Perennial Gardener on June 29, 2008 at 2:38 am

    Thank you Nancy. I am happy with the choices I made.

    Thank you Meadowview. The plants do seem pretty healthy. They grow all the plants themselves onsite. The proceeds go to helping the museum. So the cause is good too.
    Sounds like you found a good place to buy native plants too.

    Thank you Bek. I bought 2 natives plants at the fall sale last Sept. They bloomed this year and I was happy with them.


  10. Posted by Dustin on July 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Its great to see others planting native! Keep it up


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