Invasive species have many bad habits. They hurt wildlife by smothering and destroying the plants our native creatures need for food and cover.
Our native sumacs have vibrant, colorful foliage in autumn, and yet they are often overlooked as shrubs for residential gardens.
Our native Aronia arbutifolia with the common name of red chokeberry is a shrub that offers four seasons of interest in our gardens.
Asters are aptly named, as the word aster means star.
Witch hazel bark has traditionally been used by steeping it in water to make an astringent, which Native Americans used to treat a variety of ills.
Lindera benzoin, commonly known as spicebush, is a native multi-stemmed, understory shrub that can grow as wide as it is tall.
Physocarpus is a small genus of about ten species including our native ninebark shrub.
The native perennial fireweed produces spikes of magenta flowers July through September.
These tall perennial wildflowers can be seen growing in moist pasture lands and on the banks of streams and rivers from southern Canada to Texas.
Native to woodlands from Michigan to New York state and south to Florida and Texas.