Savvy gardeners include native plants in their landscaping because they know
these species are hardy, disease-resistant, noninvasive, and beneficial to wildlife.
Most important for gardeners—they offer natural beauty that ranges from subtle to
More than 140 native perennials, grasses, groundcovers, ferns, shrubs, vines,
and trees are profiled and pictured in Native Plants for Your Maine Garden, along
with advice on choosing the best plants for a variety of locations. To help you get
started, there are sample plans for a woodland border and a garden designed to
attract birds and butterflies.
There’s no one more qualified to discuss superior native plants for Maine gardens
than Maureen Heffernan, former executive director of the acclaimed Coastal Maine Botanical
Gardens, where native plants thrive in a variety of landscaped settings.
❊Plants for dry or wet soils
❊Screens and hedges
❊Plants for shade and part shade
❊Plants that attract birds and butterflies
❊Sample garden plans
❊Planting and garden maintenance tips
❊Hardiness zone maps
❊Sources for native plants
Before helping to establish, and becoming executive director of, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay, Maureen Heffernan served as education coordinator at the American Horticultural Society and as director of education and public programs at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. In addition to creating the horticultural society’s Children’s Garden Project at River Farm, she coordinated the creation of the Hershey Children’s Garden and initiated the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps. She now lives in Oklahoma City, where she is the director of Myriad Botanical Garden
Maureen’s previous publications include Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast, four Burpee gardening books and Hershey Children’s Garden: A Place to Grow. She also was a contributor to 500 Popular Annuals and Perennials for American Gardeners.