We understand that native plants are essential for sustaining a complex community of native birds, insects, amphibians and mammals. We hope to help customers develop yards that are eco-friendly and truly sustainable. Native plants are needed in home gardens, more than ever before, as a way to replace a little bit of natural landscape that is so rapidly disappearing. If we – and our customers – don't grow these plants, who will? They are often (not always) much more easily adapted to the soils and weather we have. A Red Osier dogwood has no problem with a wet, clay-based soil, cold winter winds and temperatures down to minus twenty degrees farenheit. A Japanese pieris would rot and falter, or die after the first winter, in the same location. We've used native plants all along, but many people just don't know what is native or exotic. Many of our favorite plants – Clethra (summersweet), Asclepias (butterfly weed), and Amelanchier (serviceberry) – happen to be native. See our listing of a few native plants below.