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Several actions can be taken to save the native plants. The most important in the opinion of naturalists is to preserve habitats by setting aside wild lands where typical, rare, or endangered species occur in some concentration. Living collections of representative species in horticultural institutions provide further insurance that no species will become totally extinct. More important is to use attractive and suitable native plants [in gardens].
Marjorie G. Schmidt, Growing Native Plants

A wildflower garden of sorts may be made with a handful of seeds tossed onto a patch of untilled soil. On the other hand, such a garden may be the outcome of careful planning, with special arrangements for the needs of a diversity of plants. In neither case will subsequent maintenance be easy. No matter how idyllic the conception, how seemingly natural the outcome, effort is needed to protect the plants from invasion by weeds.

But the effort of protection need not be unpleasant. Here Kevin Connelly finds deep satisfaction in ridding a sunny hillside of weeds for the protection of wildflowers. And there are other pleasures in wildflower gardening: Ellen Wilde savors success with native plan...


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