But gardeners can also cause a lot of problems, by using too many chemicals and by importing non-native plants.
There's a movement in the North Country to fill out lush and beautiful gardens with native plants.
Supporters say local alternatives are hardier -- more pest- and drought-resistant. Brian Mann visited a local plant sale in Keene and has our story.
Though they add color and texture to a summertime garden, non-native plants that become invasives can wreck havoc with local ecosystems. The good news? Gardening with native plants can be just as beautiful
"We have all the colors, all
the heights. You can garden for four seasons of interest. You have spring
ephemerals, you have early summer, late summer, a lot of the shrubs have great
berries and fall colors--and then we have winter interest. You have everything
that gardeners or landscapers want while still using native plants."
The hardest part about gardening with native plants is their availability. That's where Fiddlehead Creek comes in. Emily began the nursery in order to eliminate the dearth of native plant availability in the North Country. "You had
The farmers market teems with energy as Emily describes sweet fern, a green-yellow plant with long, intricate leaves. As summer heats up, hopefully North Country gardens (complete with native plants) are teeming too.