If you are a new home gardener or someone who’s planning to renovate the landscaping of their garden, you might want to look into some of the native plants in Boston and Massachusetts.
The advantage to growing native plants is that because they are native to the region, they do not require as much care and attention than other plant breeds would. The air, soil and other elements are perfectly suited to them and their growth is not impeded by having to adapt to new surroundings.
Another reason is that the Boston and MA wildlife is much happier with native plants than foreign ones and your decision would probably help in maintaining a secure environment for these animals and support biodiversity in MA.
The best thing about native plants in Boston is that there are a number of edible plant species that you can grow in your backyard or garden and ensure that your whole family has lots of organic healthy food.
The New England Wildflower Society describes native plants as:
The term native refers to plants growing in North America before European settlement, and includes woody plants (trees, shrubs, and vines) and non-woody herbaceous plants (flowering perennials, ferns, grasses). The term wildflower also refers to native plants, sometimes only to the flowering perennials, other times to all native plants.
Here are some of our favorite native plants in Boston:
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
This native New England plant will not only give you beautiful yellow Sunflowers, but also provides delicious edible tubers that formed an important part of the diet of Native Americans long before European settlement.
You can read more about how to plant and care for the Jerusalem Artichoke at this link.
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
These are native fruit plants in Boston and MA that also referred to as Virginia Strawberry. They grow on ground-hugging bushes that can also be used as thick ground covers in your garden. These red juicy berries are not only delicious but will also make your garden look beautiful. Read more about it at Go Botany.
You can read about more edible native plants in Boston here.
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
As the name suggests, this is a curious looking plant native to New England and MA. It gives the impression of a church minister in an old-fashioned pulpit. The cylindrical hooded structure hides a flower in its depths and is covered with clusters of red berries during the summer.
There are a great number of native plants that can be grown in Boston like the Maidenhair Fern, foam Flower, Lamb’s Ears and many more. You can find a good long list of these plants created by Russ Cohen here.
Which are your favorite native plants in Boston?