Naturalize with Woodland Perennials

Aquilegia canadensis, Dicentra eximia and Geranium maculatum
Aquilegia canadensis, Dicentra eximia and Geranium maculatum in a wooded garden.

Have a wooded garden and tired of hostas, vinca and English ivy? Tear out the old and replace it with North American native woodland perennials that gently self-sow and naturalize. Choose late spring to early summer knockouts, such as red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), fern leaf bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia), spotted geranium (Geranium maculatum) and lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina), that can be planted in early spring. Many of these beautiful spring flowers also feed hungry bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! Before planting, amend the soil with Black Gold® Garden Soil to give your new perennials a running head start.


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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