Pollinator Week 2018 - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro TN

Pollinator Week is June 18 to 24! Leading up to and throughout the week, we’ll be sharing posts about how you can support the pollinators that help our gardens grow! To learn more, visit www.pollinator.org/pollinator-week.

How can you support our natural heritage and support our neighborhood pollinators? By including native plants in your pollinator gardens! A plant is considered “native” if it was here prior to European settlement of North America. These are naturally occurring species that were not introduced to the land by humans either intentionally or accidentally.

Native Plants Benefits

When you use native plants in our garden, you help sustain our native pollinators! Native plants provide food and shelter to our native wildlife, contributing to the health of our ecosystem. Because they are already adapted to our regional conditions, they may require less maintenance. This means you may use fewer pesticides in your garden.

Middle Tennessee Natives

Middle Tennessee is made up of two physiographic provinces: Central Basin and Highland Rim. Each province has unique conditions. For example: Rutherford County is in the Central Basin. Our soil is alkaline while Warren County has acidic soil in the Highland Rim. It’s important to keep your garden’s characteristics in mind when picking out plants. Here are some that are native to our Middle Tennessee area:

Flowers

Thimbleweed

Wild columbine

Wild ginger

Butterfly weed

Swamp milkweed

Bushy aster

Fall blue aster

Tall bellflower

Coreopsis

Shooting star

Joe-Pye weed

Mist flower

Wild geranium

Woods sunflower

Small headed sunflower

Liverleaf

Alumroot

Jewelweed

Spotted jewelweed

Dwarf crested iris

Cardinal flower

Great blue lobelia

Virginia bluebells

Partridge-berry

Bergamot

Prickly pear

Appalachian pachysandra

Wild blue phlox

Beard-tongue

Poke weed

Wild petunia

Grasses

Big bluestem

Bushy beardgrass

River cane

Hop sedge

River oats

Creeping spikerush

Virginia wildrye

Soft rush

Rice cutgrass

Switchgrass

Little bluestem

Three-square bulrush

Green bulrush

Woolgrass

Softstem bulrush

Indiangrass

Eastern gammagrass

Shrubs

Red buckeye

Hazel alder

False indigobush

Pawpaw

American beautyberry

Sweetshrub

Buttonbush

Silky dogwood

Strawberry bush

American witch hazel

Wild hydrangea

Oakleaf hydrangea

Winterberry

Virginia sweetspire

Mountain laurel

Spicebush

Chickasaw plum

Piedmont azalea

Catawba rosebay

Pinxterbloom azalea

Fragrant sumac

Winged sumac

Elderberry

Possumhaw viburnum

Trees

Red maple

Sugar maple

Serviceberry

River birch

Pecan

Sugarberry

Redbud

Fringetree

Flowering dogwood

American beech

Green ash

Honeylocust

Black walnut

Eastern red cedar

Sweetgum

Tuliptree

Sweetbay

Water Tupelo

Blackgum

Sourwood

Loblolly pine

Virginia pine

Sycamore

Black cherry

White oak

Swamp chestnut oak

Northern red oak

Black oak

Black willow

Sassafras

Baldcypress

Eastern hemlock

As you plant them in your garden, use native plants that occur naturally together. Do not dig up plants from the wild to place in your garden. Protect our natural habitat and only get your native plants from responsible nurseries. All our suppliers take great care of the native plants that they provide Martin’s Home & Garden with!