Q&A with Kareen – What native plants grow in a cold climate?

Since planting season is underway, this week’s Q&A with Kareen is especially timely and all about native plants. Sam asks what native plants grow in a cold climate and I share some of the shrubs and wildflowers that I have growing in my front yard. 

Sam’s question is especially relevant since in April of 2023, the members of the Garden Club of America (GCA) in the state of Montana, in collaboration with The Montana Native Plant Society announced the signing of a proclamation designating April as Montana Native Plant Month. The GCA has led this effort across all 50 states to increase awareness of the critical role native plants play in supporting a healthy
environment, increasing wildlife and pollinator populations, reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and cleaning air and water.

In fact, if I had to do it over again, I would have stacked way more native plants in my food forest. Luckily, most of my front yard is dedicated to native plants so I’m grateful for that. Here’s what I cover in the video:

  • Why you should grow native plants
  • A list of shrubs and perennial flowers that I have growing in my front yard
  • Native plant resources
  • How I established my native plant garden

Here are links to the resources I mention in the video: