Planting Native Species in a Wetland

(Question)

TBG Master…………we are looking to purchase a fair bit of plant material and want to learn the optimal container size. we have received quotes for 4″ pots as well as 1 gallon containers. It is going into established wetland marsh with lots of competition. we plan to plant native shrubs and perennials.

How should we optimize our planting. I know that survival rate is a factor in calculating true economics. Also size is relevant for easy handling. I worry about paying more for 1 gallon container but only getting 4″ root structure.

Do you sell any of the plants below?

Much thanks in advance

Most Recommended Perennials
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
Northern Blue Flag Iris Iris versicolor
Swamp Milkweed (monarch host) Asclepias incarnata
White Turtlehead Chelone glabra
Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum
Tall Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata
Turtlehead Chelone glabra
Most Recommended Shrubs
ButtonBush Cephalanthus occidentalis
Swamp Rose Rosa palustris
Meadowsweet Spirea alba
Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa
Already Got-Em
Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllum
Common Arrowhead Sagittaria latifolia
Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris
Joe-pye Weed Eupatorium maculatum
Other Wetland Perennials
Marsh Rattlesnake Master Eryngium aquaticum
Ohio Spiderwort Tradescantia ohiensis
Pennsylvania Smartweed Polygonum pennsylvanicum
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae
Flat-topped Aster Aster umbellatus
Helenium Helenium autumnale
Tall Swamp Sunflower Helianthus gigantea
Monkey Flower Mimulus ringens
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa
Cutleaf Coneflower Rudbeckia laciniata
Tall Meadow Rue Thalictrum pubescens
Ironweed Vernonia novebaracensis
Great St. Johns Wort
Swamp Rose Mallow
Golden Alexanders
Foxglove Beardtongue
Swamp Aster
Canada Anenome
Water arum
Dense Blazing Star (specialty)
Purple Stemmed Aster
Obedient Plant
Sneezeweed
Blue false indigo
Other Shrubs
Dward Bog Birch Betula pumila
Silky Dogwood Cornus obliqua
Shrub Willows -e.g. Pussy, Bebbs Salix species
Red osier dogwood Cornus sericea
Winterberry Ilex verticillata
Spice bush Lindera benzoin
Bee balm Monarda didyma
Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum
Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus
Quamash Camassia quamash
Summersweet Clethra alnifolia
Water avens Geum rivale
Ninebark
Wild Rasin

(Answer)

This sounds like an exciting project. Finding the right plant supplier is only part of the puzzle. There are many factors involved in restoring or naturalizing a site. Since I don’t know where you are geographically, what your specific site conditions and restraints are, and whether you have had a horticulturalist or landscape architect advise you on the specific species most likely to thrive on your site, it is best to refer you to the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS). http://www.nanps.org/index.php/activities/restorations.¬†They run workshops and seminars where you will be with other like minded gardeners. They have an online forum, so you can speak with people in your region, who have experience with wetland natives. They can also refer you to local growers and plant nurseries in your region that stock suitable plant material. Some growers provide a consultation service for projects like yours, and will come to your site to assess growing conditions.

Have you considered applying for a Naturalization Grant? Have you heard of Rural Non Farm Stewardship? Depending on where your property is, you may be eligible for grants to help finance this project. To give you an idea of whats on offer, this site offers assistance to land managers in the Credit Valley watershed. Click here.

Discuss all of your options with the NANPS. They are excited to help people who are practicing good environmental management. Good luck!