Category Archives: Native Plants

Glorious Black-Eyed Susans

A photo of Rudbeckia hirta and other native flowering plants

My mother used to say, “too much is too much, too little is too little, and enough is enough!”. Unless you’re on a dirt road, driving through endless farm fields, brimming with sunflowers, there can never be too little yellow flowers in the garden, because, in my opinion, a little yellow goes a long way.   By Scott Woodbury  

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Sowing Native Plant Seeds

A photo of milkweed seeds

For many of us, there’s nothing like the joy of holding a packet of seeds in the winter. Seeds are little morsels of hope that have such potential, especially on cold, wintery days. By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue.] For many of us, there’s nothing like the joy of holding a

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Plants that Root for You!

picture of Amsonia

From bald eagles to pelicans, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area located in Columbia, Missouri, is a haven for many of Missouri’s waterfowl. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in the September 2019 issue of The Gateway Gardener.] From bald eagles to pelicans, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area located in Columbia, Missouri, is a haven for many of Missouri’s waterfowl. Eagle

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Garden Worthy Willows

Heart leaved willow fall color

There is perhaps no native plant more ubiquitous than willow, especially black willow (Salix nigra). It comes up in house gutters, garden beds, low farmers’ fields, roadside ditches, pond margins and every creek-side gravel bar in the eastern half of the United States. By Scott Woodbury [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2020 issue.] “Between the

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Compassionate Gardening in a Conventional World

An image of a fountain in a native wildflower garden

The foundational success of our country can be primarily attributed to the vast richness of our natural resources. From fertile farmlands to plentiful hardwood forests to diverse wildlife, the list goes on and on. By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2019 issue.] The foundational success of our country can be primarily attributed to

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Dried Plant Stalks Important Winter Homes for Bees and More!

Sumac stems

I took my first steps in horticulture walking down a narrow path of age-old gardening traditions. I learned to care for vegetable gardens, a rose garden, a lilac screen and perennial borders each with squarely trimmed hedges and edges. The lawn was cut in a diamond pattern using an old-style reel mower. By Scott Woodbury [This article was first published

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