Inland Lakeshore Shade Specimen Kit
Plants that like lakefront living, and can take part to full shade, arranged into zones to plant right down to the water's edge (scroll down for plant list). This collection includes 15 plants that fill 15 square feet at 1 foot spacing; or up to 34 square feet at 1.5 sq. ft. spacing. Plants are in deep 4.5" pots for solid root development so they can establish quiclky. Comes with an instruction sheet for a basic garden layout. Each plant is individually tagged for identification and all tags include plant height and requirements, so you can alter the layout to suit your space.
Native plants are perfect for lakeshores primarily because of their extensive roots that are at least as deep as the plant is tall. These root systems are also often massive in volume, with a tangle of fibers that binds soil together. Turf grass has very shallow roots, and most flower cultivars have small root systems because large root masses are difficult to manage in a plant nursery. Large roots have been bred out of domestic landscaping plants (see picture above showing the root differences).
In times of low water, native plants can survive without watering because they can reach moisture deep below. In times of high water, their sturdy roots can hold tough against waves and ice. Native plants and their root systems are also great at soaking up runoff and reducing water pollution.
Native plants are adapted to our wildlife, birds, and pollinators. For example, while a Monarch butterfly may sip nectar from any number of plants, they require native milkweed to feed their caterpillars. There are many of these relationships between native plants and wildlife, so lend a hand and create habitat while creating your beautiful, strong, native plant lakeshore garden.
This mix of plants will provide flowers, food, and habitat for a variety of beneficial insects, pollinators, and birds, all while protecting from errosion and preserving water quality. This collection includes plants meant to be planted in one of four different zones:
- Zone 1 is below the water line, in the lake. Wild Blue Iris are a Zone 1 plant and are the most water-tolerant in this collection. Plant just above the waterline and allow them to spread into the water when established.
- Zone 2 is between the waterline and the high water mark and is quite wet: Joe Pye Weed, Smooth Swamp Aster, Swamp Milkweed, Boneset, and Blue Lobelia.
- Zone 3 is above the high water mark, but still moist: New England Aster, Bottle Gentain, Blue Vervain, and Turtlehead.
- Zone 4 is upland, suitable for most native plants. The plants included to get you started on your native plant shade garden are Spikenard, Big Leaf Aster, Early Sunflower, Bottlebrush Grass, and Columbine.
- Substitutions may be necessary depending on availability