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kitykat

These articles advocating 'go native' and 'attract the pollinators' are quite wonderful and oh-so trendy... IF your garden area meets the criteria to do so. But, no... you cannot do this in 'any landscape,' as the title claims! My current situation: Little sun (max 1-1/2 hours) in the summer, shade from buildings east and west, tall oak trees, heavy compacted clay that remains wet from lack of sun, neighbors over-watering and storm water trickling through. These are not conditions amenable to natives of the Kansas prairie. Shade and wet being the prime culprits. If the parameters fit, the suggested practices are fine for those desiring the effect and results. But please don't advocate the 'all' and everyone attitude. I've studied horticulture for over 50 years, and have designed many gardens over my 70+ years, and the use of non-natives and so-called exotics may just be the gardeners best resources for the given conditions.

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Susan J Tweit

@kitykat, You do have challenging conditions indeed! I'd be interested in whether you've looked at woodland natives and riparian (stream and riverside) natives from your part of Kansas. Thanks for your comments.

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