The Path to a Love of Nature
The last few years it has been my mission to plant more trees, bushes and flowers on my land. I’ve lost quite a few due to age and disease. That made me question which plants would be good for my area? I found some common apple trees; Jonathan, Stayman, Rome Beauty, and the McIntosh. I wanted a Jonathan but couldn’t find it at the time, so I went with McIntosh. And then I found a beautiful wildflower, given me by a good friend, the American Bellflower, which is native to Eastern North America. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! I look forward to its spreading abilities.
I live in Ohio. So I was wondering, how many plants are native to Ohio? Well the answer seems to be 1900 according to Ohio Native Plant Month List of Native Plants — Ohio Native Plant Month On this site, you can get a wide variety of lists from where to buy native plants to how to plant a pollinator garden and feed wildlife in your backyard. There’s another site for Ohio called THE NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF NORTHEASTERN OHIO (nativeplantsocietyneo.org). Here, you can learn all about various native plants and find various places to purchase them.
In my research, I found out that Ohio planted a half-million native trees in 2020 and 2021, so that made me feel pretty good. How about the rest of the country? Well, every state and region have their own special types of plants and species. And you can find your state or region by visiting this website: Native Plant Societies – American Horticultural Society (ahsgardening.org)
Be careful though, once you go down this road, you will be on a long and winding path to obtain more plants, more information and enjoy a growing love of gardening. It isn’t such a bad path after all.
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