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5 Native Plants to Add to your Michigan Garden

June 29, 2017

Growing Native Plants in the City

By Julia Hoffley

Native plants are more suited to our local climate and soil conditions and more resistant to local pests and diseases. That means they are less needy and help the environment by eliminating a need for harmful pest controls, fertilizers and intensive watering.

To read the full article about the importance of native plants, or for more information the plants listed below and where to buy them, pick up a copy of the July 2017 SEEN Magazine at one of these locations, or subscribe here.


Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora)

This is an easy-to-grow woodland perennial that blooms in spring with delicate buttercup-yellow, nodding bell-shaped flowers made up of six petals that twist in a charming way. 


Indian Pinks
(Spigelia marilandica)

This exquisite edge-of-the-woodland plant has striking and beautiful summer flowers of a brilliant crimson red with canary-yellow throats.

Maidenhair Fern
(Adiantum pedatum)

Dainty bright green fronds held above shiny black stems create an airy and elegant texture that can grace the edge of a shady path while providing outstanding cover for small animals and birds. 

Orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa

This popular butterfly favorite is the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year. 

Coral Bells “Autumn Bride”
(Heuchera villosa)

Super-sized, velvety, lime green, maple foliage is the perfect canvas for the eruption of white towers of flowers in the fall.

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