Even though there’s still snow on the ground for many of us, warmer weather is most definitely on our brains. So today we’re going to be talking about native plants that put on a spectacular show in spring. And although we’re a podcast based out of New England, the plants we decided to talk about have an extensive native range (even into Texas!). There is an exquisitely fragrant perennial, a self-sowing ephemeral, a delicious edible, and several trees and shrubs that bloom so prolifically in April, May, and June you’d think it was their only job. Want a list of nearly a dozen native plants that are show-stoppers? Then press play now!
Special guest: Nancy J. Ondra is a garden photographer, author, freelance editor, and licensed seed seller who lives and gardens on four acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Bowman’s root (Porteranthus trifoliatus, Zones 4–8)
‘American Goldfinch’ baptisia (Baptisia ‘American Goldfinch’, Zones 4–9)
‘May Breeze’ woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata ‘May Breeze’, Zones 4–8)
‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’, Zones 5–9)
Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis, Zones 3–8)
Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule, Zones 2–9)
Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia, Zones 4–9)
Wild ramp (Allium tricoccum, Zones 4–7)
Nancy J. Ondra is a garden photographer, author, freelance editor, and licensed seed seller who lives and gardens on four acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea, Zones 3–8)
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin, Zones 4–9)
Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna, Zones 2–11)
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