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Black-Eyed Susan is a very popular native plant for the English Garden. The yellow flowers are large and showy. These plants re-seed very well. They should be planted in a sunny location, but will tolerate any soil conditions. They will grow 2-3 feet tall and should be planted three feet apart.
Butterfly Weed is an excellent native plant for the English Garden. It is long-lived, well-manicured, attracts butterflies, and provides lots of color for the garden. This perennial grows 3-5 feet tall and should be planted 2-3 feet apart. Flowers in late summer to early fall. Tolerates very dry soil and is very low-maintenance.
Bee Balm or Monarda is an excellent native perennial that has excellent flowers. Growing to 4-5 feet tall this vigorous plant is one of the best flowering natives. My favorite is 'Jacob Cline' which is mildew-proof. This plant also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and the crushed leaves help eliminate the pain from bee stings. This plant should be planted in full sun to light shade.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|