What is good succession planting to mayapple in native woodlands

shadysite(8)March 23, 2010

When we moved in, I cleared out some of the English ivy that had run over our back slope. Last year I had a beautiful stand of mayapple, native to our MD woodlands underneath one beech tree at the bottom of the slope (damper/shadier than the top). What can I plant in conjunction with this as the mayapple does not last the summer and I do not want ivy and other weeds/invasives moving in. Would prefer a native plant, but anything rather than ivy! Thanks.

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Hosta, lots of hosta. The ivy will always have to be kept out by force though.


    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 11:46PM
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pat4750(Zone 6 Cen PA)

There are many ferns to contrast with the hostas suggested by amili also heucheras, tiarellas, carexes, solomon's seal for native foliage.For non-native folaige, it's hard to beat Hakone grass.
For flowers, the first thing that comes to mind is lobelia cardinalis (red flowers in late summer)or lobelia syphilitica (blue flowers). Another plant to consider is Spigelia which is attractive to hummers as is the lobelia.
There is a book published by Timber Press "Native Plants of the Northeast" by Donald J. Leopold that might be helpful to you for native plant suggestions.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 9:35AM
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mjsee(Zone 7b, NC)

The nice thing about ferns is that deer find them distasteful. Hosta? Yeah. Salad bar for deer. So keep that in mind...

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 6:22PM
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