Native Plants

I’m going to be on CBC’s 3 to 6 show with Matt Galloway this afternoon ?(on at 4:40) talking about bumble bees and plants in the garden. We need to attract all sorts of birds and insects into our gardens and that’s going to be the theme today. As it will be tomorrow when I’m doing a gig with David Suzuki at the The Music Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. and there are still tickets left.??Here’s a list of plants I’m going to mention if you want to start adding important plants to insects and birds into the garden. ?I’m going to keep on adding to this list and give information on it as I get through this weekend of non stop activity.???

  • Uvularia grandiflora (Bellwort);
  • Trillium grandiflorum;
  • Sanguineria canadensis (bloodroot);
  • Erythronium (trout lily);
  • Asarum canadense (wild ginger);
  • Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine);
  • Echinacea pallida (purple coneflower);
  • Eupatorium spp (Joe-Pye Weed);
  • Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod);
  • Tradescantia virgianum: this one moves around a lot so be sure you keep it under control
  • Aster spp (New England Asters, any aster)
  • Amelanchier spp serviceberry, is my favourite native shrub (A. alnifolia) or small tree form.
  • Gymnocladus dioica, Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Barry

    May 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    It was a thrill to meet you in person when you visited Lost Horizons last week. I was happily potting up new plants this afternoon when your voice came on the radio.
    I must admit that I am skittish around bumble bees but hope that this summer will help to alleviate the fear I have of them. You may wish to check the blog as it only lists two and a half plant names…. why are computers so frustrating? Have a good time with David Suzuki and I look forward to more visits this summer

  • Marian Gerson

    May 2, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    It’s reassuring to know I have a good number of these plants in my garden already. That must be why the bumbles keep me company as I busy myself around the garden. Thanks for all your wisdom. I love hearing you on the radio again.

  • Patti Fox

    May 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Marjorie,
    I really enjoyed your talk at the Music Hall yesterday. You mentioned a native tree that grows to 80 feet tall, but is very slow growing. Could you please tell me the name of this tree.