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Posted by StephF on April 11, 2003 at 14:39:40:
In Reply to: Re: Outside Plant Recommendations in MI for Easterns posted by Yonkers on April 11, 2003 at 09:28:46:
:I am in SW michigan...about an hour south of Grand Rapids.
:I to be honest was not really looking for a list of plants I can go get in the wild. I was more looking for a ist of plants I could go to my local nursury and get...you know perenials or something they would carry.
I was just suggesting a departure point...well stocked plant nurseries usually have a supply of native plants, too. They will almost certainly have plants for sale that are suitable for your area, but the point I was trying to make was that native plants would not only be good for your garden, but also probably be good for your turtles. Try shrubs like mountain laurel, catawba rhododendron, lowbush blueberries, blackberries.
Perennials like solomon's seal, mayapples, native ferns would work too, they're hardy there. I have been able to find these and more at garden centers here in VA, and they are native plants that would also grow in your climate zone.
Others on the forum who live closer to you might have other suggestions, too.