Native Plants in the Home Landscape

Native plants have evolved in a region with adaptations to the geology, climate, soil, wildlife, and the other plants. Therefore, a key to successful ornamental gardening would be to include a high percentage of native trees, shrubs and perennials. Tammy Algood discusses the attributes of natives with Margie Hunter, author of ‘Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place’.

Plants Featured in this Clip

OSTRYA virginiana (American Hophornbeam, Ironwood)

Gardener Extras

  1. Tennessee Invasive Plant Council has published a reference guide of invasive plants in TN, and also a list of suitable replacements. Visit
  2. Wild Ones has chapters in Middle Tennessee, the TN valley (Chattanooga) and Sevier/Blount county. Visit

Gardener Notes

Margie Hunter is Author of 'Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place'. Margie references 'Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants' by Douglas W. Tallamy.

Tammy Algood

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