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All of my new native plant customers want the famous Black-Eyed Susan! Many people are not aware that there is a difference between native and non-native varieties, so I am happy to supply them with this - the best variety for our Illinois landscapes. Black-Eyed Susans fill an area nicely and are perfect for cut flower arrangements.
Each spring I await the bright white blooms of my Trillium grandiflorum (White Trillium). It is slow to spread but brightens my front walkway each year with its large, bright blooms. I often see these occurring naturally in nearby forests, which makes me feel like my yard is headed in the right direction!
Sporobolus heterolepis (Northern Dropseed) is a beautiful grass. It is a nice border grass and also good for filling spaces between other species. This is a lovely, unique grass!
Little bluestem makes my little yard feel like a prairie! It is the perfect grass for borders as it supports taller plants and provides nice color in the winter months.
I was impressed at the wide selection of native plants and seeds!!! The customer support was great too, helping me find the right mix for my property.
Second product pkg receipt - Same as the first. 5 Stars. Received the seed packet about two weeks ago. Shipped in a timely manner. Correct product was shipped. The intent is to broadcast the seed by hand in the small area vacated by clearing out some Sumac trees. Per Nicholas' detailed instructions (first time seed broadcaster here) I will seed the area in mid-November to allow for new growth in spring 2023. Check back then to see if we got flowers. Thanks for your help.
Received the seed packet about two weeks ago. Shipped in a timely manner. Correct product was shipped. The intent is to broadcast the seed by hand in the small area vacated by clearing out some Sumac trees. Per Nicholas' detailed instructions (first time seed broadcaster here) I will seed the area in mid-November to allow for new growth in spring 2023. Check back then to see if we got flowers. Thanks for your help.
I received these plants this fall and they are still really green I can't wait to get them in the ground to start helping my oak woodland heel 😍
I've bought a bunch of trays of plants from Natural Communities in the past 2 years and everything has arrived looking great. A+
These plants grow so prolifically I don't mind cutting a few for cut arrangements to share with friends. These are a bit taller and thicker-looking than the regular black eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and pair nicely with them. A staple in the midwest prairie, these are always requested by my plant sale customers!
The yellow coneflowers from Natural Communities have taken well to one of the dryer parts of my yard. They are relatively tall and spindly so I like to plant them near other supportive plants.
Mountain mint has filled two small, dryer corners of my landscaping and is a nice addition to my rain garden. It seems to be at home wherever I put it and will grow to fill the space. My mountain mint is often covered in pollinators! All kinds of bees love it throughout the year.
I suggest Jacob's Ladder for all of my new native plant enthusiast friends! The plugs come ready to go and the short height of the plants make them a great border for my small prairie area. Add Jacob's Ladder for early spring color along the border or anywhere you need to fill a little space!
Foxglove beardtongue is one of my first great successes! The plugs from Natural Communities came strong and healthy and took off in my little prairie space. One year a windstorm even chopped them in half and they returned as strong as ever. I have had such good luck with them that I remove some at times or relocate them, but find the pollinators enjoy them wherever I place them.
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