Just returned home from the Native Plants in the landscape conference at Millersville, PA. Such an educational trip.
One highlight was a talk by Thomas Ranier and Claudia West. The authors of 'Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes'. It really gave me perspective that 'green mulch' is the way to go. Imagine your chore list without mulching! After some quick research I think some good candidates for green mulch which I am going to try our are: Packer area, Tiarella cordifolia, Aster divercatus, Sedum ternatum, and some ferns. What will you try?
A common thread at the conference was the question of the value of cultivars in the landscape. While the research still seems inconclusive, the consensus is towards plant diversity. Owen Wilson, University of Delaware and Anne White, University of Vermont, are both doing trials on several cultivars and we all hope to see their research published soon.