The native alternative to Oriental bittersweet, American bittersweet has the same dazzling, bright, colorful berries without the tendency to overtake everything in its path. Excellent food for wildlife, and superb for wreath making and seasonal decoration, learn to grow this unusual woodland climber in this guide.
Happy inhabitants of the driest of soils, the resilient yucca tolerates drought, frost, and searing heat. With spiky foliage in shades of green, gray, and blue, yucca sports spikes of creamy flowers come summer. Learn about the most beautiful, floriferous, and toughest types of this native succulent for your garden.
Marvelously tough and typically unfussy, succulents get a little more needy once hot summer weather subsides and winter returns. From repotting to watering to pest control and more, learn how to steward your succulents through the chillier, darker season of winter. Read more about succulent winter care in our guide.
Native to Mexico and the southwestern United States, organ pipe cactus can grow to be truly enormous. Strikingly architectural, it’s beautiful in all seasons, producing huge white flowers in spring and sweet fruits in summer. Given lean soil, minimal water, and lots of sunlight, you can grow this long-lived cactus too.
Cold hardy, tolerant of a wide range of conditions, and an excellent timber tree to boot, black walnut is an easy nut tree to grow. What’s more, this striking tree is native to the eastern United States, inhabiting floodplains, roadsides, and forest edges. Tough, versatile, and productive – what’s not to love?
Perfect for a rain garden or the back of a border, spotted joe-pye weed is an easy-to-grow native perennial suited to a variety of soils, and its giant clusters of pink flowers attract a myriad of pollinators. Requiring little to no maintenance to thrive, it’s a go-to choice for low impact, eco-friendly gardening.
Looking for a hardy, drought-tolerant native flower to brighten up the garden? Look no further. Rosinweeds are easy to grow and their bright yellow flowers are attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies. Requiring little to no maintenance to thrive, this is a go-to choice for low impact, eco-friendly gardening.