Michigan Native Plants
Michigan, with its varied climates and ecosystems, is home to a diverse array of native plants. Incorporating these into your garden not only supports local wildlife but can also reduce maintenance needs, as these plants have evolved to thrive in Michigan’s conditions. Here are some prominent native plants and tips for growing them:
- Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa): This perennial wildflower, also known as Bee Balm, sports lavender flowers and attracts numerous pollinators. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
- Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganense): Showy orange-red flowers make this lily stand out in any garden. It prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
- Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus): Michigan’s state tree, this evergreen is adaptable to various soils but prefers full sun.
- Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum): An excellent choice for shaded areas, this delicate-looking fern thrives in rich, moist soil.
- Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis): Red and yellow bell-shaped flowers adorn this spring-blooming perennial. It does well in partial shade and well-drained soil.
Before planting, ensure your site’s conditions match the needs of your chosen plants. Water new plantings regularly until they’re established. Opt for diversity in your plant choices to support a range of wildlife. Finally, although native plants typically need less maintenance than non-natives, they still benefit from regular care like mulching and periodic pruning. Embrace the natural beauty of Michigan’s flora and watch your garden flourish!