Landscape with Natives November 19, 2007
The planners in the city of Wooster are starting to embrace the notion of native plants in landscape. Today we had a meeting of people who are anxious to improve their green spaces. Habitat loss has become a major factor in the decline of bird, butterfly and insect diversity. Population growth and urban sprawl has been encroaching on Ohio's fields, meadows and woodlots. To help counter-act the declining natural spaces and increasing acres of Kentucky bluegrass (a favorite lawn species) many nature-wise people are looking to plant islands of habitat.
If you have ever compared the insect diversity in a meadow or prairie to an average urban lawn, you will find the silence deafening. More homeowners are considering planting small prairies and native species that attract watchable wildlife, such as birds and butterflies. Reconsider your average landscape plan and simply replace those invasive, non-native species (i.e. burning bush or buckthorn) with plants that produce berries, seeds or are otherwise utilized by wildlife.
Nannyberry, Viburnum lentago is a beautiful plant to incorporate into your home plantings. The fall color is outstanding: reds, yellows, and pinks all on one bush! Add to that the bountiful blue berries, which birds find irresistible, and you'll know two reasons why viburnums rank high on my list! They do not require the cosseting of those hard-to-grow species, and it is an attractive plant that feeds wildlife as well.
Easy to grow- and producing the goods: Nannyberry!