Native plantings for a field stone retaining wall

Asked May 31, 2020, 10:08 AM EDT

I need some help in learning about what native plants can be grown in a field stone retaining wall. I would be grateful for any information you have on this or where, books, websites etc, where I can find it. I also need information on native grasses that can be used instead of turf as well as the use of white clover instead of turf. Thanks for any info that can steer me in the right direction. Carol Elgie

Kalamazoo County Michigan

3 Responses

Hello,

There is a lot of information here but it should get you started in the right direction. As you go through the plant lists you need to watch for any plants that are noted as aggressive. Choose plants that match your site conditions. The exposure (sun, shade), soil texture, pH, fertility, moisture conditions, weed problems, are all keys to successful planting.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/nativeplants/

https://www.canr.msu.edu/nativeplants/plant_facts/local_info/index

https://www.canr.msu.edu/nativeplants/uploads/files/E2973.pdf

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/native_plants_for_michigan_landscapes_shrubs

Your local library is a good option for books on Michigan native plants. The book Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan by Lynn Steiner is a good reference for beginning and experienced gardeners who want to learn about Michigan’s native plants and how to effectively incorporate them into their home landscapes.

Your local chapter of Wildones is a great source for information.

https://www.kalamazoowildones.org/

Other organizations:

http://www.wildflowersmich.org/index.php?menu=9

The Michigan Botanical Club

www.michbotclub.org

The Wildflower Association of Michigan

http://www.wildflowersmich.org/index.php?menu=9

Native plant nurseries. There may be others in your area.

http://www.mnppa.org/

Retaining walls:

https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/plants-for-steep-slopes/

https://pallensmith.com/2014/03/04/retaining-walls/

https://hotgardens.net/plants-for-retaining-walls/

https://www.finegardening.com/article/planted-pockets-give-life-to-stone-walls

Lawns and microclover:

https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawns-and-microclover

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/smart_lawns_for_pollinators

https://plantscience.psu.edu/reduce-runoff/questions-about-microclover

I am also including a previous Ask an Expert question that was answered by Laura another team member. She provides a good explanation on microclover.

https://ask.extension.org/questions/542222

And finally for future reference:

https://www.canr.msu.edu/home_gardening/tip_sheets/

I hope this is enough for you to get started! Good luck on your projects.


Thanks for the swift response. This should get me started in the right direction. If I have any questions I will not hesitate to ask. Carol