University of Vermont Extension 
Department of Plant and Soil Science

Spring, Summer News Article 

NATIVE PERENNIALS ADD COLOR TO THE FLOWER GARDEN

 By Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor
University of Vermont
 

Most perennial gardens rely on introduced species and cultivars that have been developed by plant breeders. But many native perennials are additions to the northern New England flower garden.

Here are ten native plants for the moist, shady perennial garden. Nestled under a planting of native trees and shrubs, these plants add flower and fruit color to the landscape.

The following ten native plants can be combined in a beautiful perennial garden for a full-sun location. In addition to providing flower interest throughout the summer, several of these plants add textural interest to the winter landscape.



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