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Choosing Plants

How to choose plants that meet beneficial landscaping goals:

Benefits for the Environment

Vernonia-noveboracensis Photo by Britt Slattery, USFWS

Credit: USFWS

Remember, using native plants, it’s hard to goof. There are no right or wrong answers. If you plant something and later think it would look better in a different spot, move it. If you plant too much of something or a plant has spread more than anticipated, share with friends. If a plant dies, replace it. If you want more of something, collect it’s seeds and spread it around. Many natives tolerate a wide range of conditions, particularly in a garden setting where there is less competition from weeds and other plants. No matter what, you are likely to succeed. So have fun with it!

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Last updated: June 28, 2011