Who doesn’t like a good deal or great value? If you know me at all, you know that I am about as frugal as they come! That is why plants (particularly flowers) that naturalize are the bomb! (That slang term must show my age…) No matter what price you pay for them, within reason of course, you are getting a great value! You buy a bag of 5 bulbs or 1 plant, but each year you magically have more! How awesome is that?!
About.com gives the definition of naturalized plants as: Plants established as a part of the flora of a locale other than their place of origin. When a plant naturalizes in an area, this can be either a “good” or a “bad” thing, depending on your opinion of the particular naturalized plant. If I buy it, it is a “good” thing. When they appear on their own it is usually a “bad” thing, because they are weeds!
When looking to purchase new flowers for my garden, I look to see if it lists naturalizing on the tag. If it is a flower I do not have and it naturalizes, I will buy it. No matter the cost. I plant them in a space that allows them room to grow. Certain flowers will eventually fill that space up. When this happens, I dig some up and plant them in another space or give them to a neighbor!
I highly suggest you be on the lookout for the plants that come with this extra bonus… Naturalizing!
Some Naturalizing flower bulbs include: (as long as you live in their Hardiness zone): Grape Hyacinths (Muscari), Species or Botanical Tulips, Daffodils, Snow Drops, Chinodoxa, Anemone blanda, Iris, Scilla, Puschkinia, Allium, Asiatic Lilies, Oxalis, and Liatris.
Some Naturalizing perennial flowers include: (as long as you live in their Hardiness zone): Ferns, Daylilies, Coneflowers, Daisies, Toad Lilies, Phlox, Columbine, Turtlehead, Bee Balm or Monarda, Coreopsis, Poppies, and many Geraniums.
So why not try some natural multipliers?! You’ll save yourself time and money and have a beautiful yard to boot!