Pictured above is a second year spring flowering Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold,
it is in one of our 'Wild Walk' gardens, very pretty!

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Gardens with an emphasis on native plants and wildflowers!

Do meadows, woodland plantings or wetlands in bloom excite you? Do you wish to have hummers and other birds, dragonflies and butterflies visit your garden? Attract them and have a garden which offers all season interest by using a well-designed mix of native plants and flowers. Implement a Wild Walk Garden to start enjoying your space!

Celebrating over thirty years of experience with native wildflowers and perennials!

Mary T. Ratelle Hepp, MSU Advanced Master Gardener

Site Prep and Plant Selection is Important

If amendments are needed, do your prep prior to planting. Planting first and adding top dressings later will not give your plants the best start.
When purchasing plants, be sure to purchase healthy plants and also inspect the medium they are planted in. A cheap fill in the pot will not provide the plant what it needs to develop to it's potential.

Know Your Plants

Some plants may be good in a truly balanced native setting, but might take over and be invasive in a tended garden or in a wild planting that is not a balanced community. While a plant tag does give basic information, when planting 'wild' flowers, the unexpected may happen which is why experience is helpful. Knowing how to maintain your plants to help ensure your garden is enjoyable after the first season is important!

There are differences within species which can make a significant impact on your gardening success. Example - the Asclepias, also known as Butterfly Weed plants. There are several types. The two more commonly found in garden centers are A. tuberosa which prefers a drier, prairie setting. The A. incarnata thrives when it has 'wet feet'. Another, A. syriaca is often found growing wild in our area and rarely found for sale. This is the one with a fragrance I love and it is the staple food for the monarch butterfly caterpillar.

My Livingston Co. Ext. Advanced Master Gardener Project - 2005

Livingston Co. Ext. Master Gardener Articles by Mary T. Ratelle Hepp


Wild Walk Gardens

Livingston County, MI USA

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