PLANTING YOUR NATIVE GARDEN
After you have decided to reserve a portion
of your property for growing native plants, you must make a plan. Is your
yard shady or sunny, moist or dry, with rich humus or clay? Maybe, your
yard is a mixture. Prairie wildflowers are sun lovers, requiring at least
six hours of sun a day. Woodland wildflowers are shade plants and require
as little as four hours of sun a day. Observe the sun/shade patterns in
your yard, and plant accordingly.
Woodland Wildflowers: Bloodroot,
Jack-in-the Pulpit, Virginia Bluebells, Trillium, Wild Columbine,
Prairie Wildflowers: Butterfly
Weed, Black-eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, Stiff Goldenrod, Blaz
Another dimension to consider when planting
a native garden is the amount of moisture available.
Some plants like a moist area and some
actually want their 'feet wet'. Others like Spring flooding, followed by
less moisture later on. And, as you can imagine, there are those who like
a dry spot in which to grow--after they have become established.
Native Plants for Moist/Wet Areas: New
England Aster, Black-eyed Susan, Sawtooth Sunflower, and Late Goldenrod
like year round moist areas. Some plants can tolerate standing water for a
Some clay soils have to be fortified by
mixing them with lighter materials to obtain a good growing medium. This
is especially true when the soils has been bulldozed as in a new
For the first two growing seasons, keep
weeds down, and make sure your plants have sufficient water. After that,
your native plants should be able to care of themselves. Never completely
ignore them; but water and weed
Always ask your plant source, 'Where did
this plant material come from?' You will want only plants from fewer than
one hundred miles of your garden. This is an insurance policy for you.
Plants from other areas do not thrive as well, on average, as plants grown
close to home.
All the material for this article was
derived from The Tree Body Resource File in the Palos Park Library.
Volume III A deals with native and natural landscaping and Volume VII
discusses plans and plantings for
streams, lakes, and ponds.
NATURAL FEATURES PROTECTION ORDINANCE
Many of the local Palos Park organizations
have expressed their support for a Natural Features Protection Ordinance
to protect what we value and love about the Village. Some of these
organizations are: Palos Park Beautification Committee; Palos Park
Planning Commission; Palos Park Creek Committee; Palos Park Library Board;
Garden Guild I & III; Palos-Orland Conservation Committee; and the
Palos Park Tree Body.