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What is good succession planting to mayapple in native woodlands

Posted by shadysite 8 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 23, 10 at 19:21

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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RE: What is good succession planting to mayapple in native woodla

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


RE: What is good succession planting to mayapple in native woodla

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.

RE: What is good succession planting to mayapple in native woodla

  • Posted by mjsee Zone 7b, NC (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 25, 10 at 18:22

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

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