Landscape Alternatives Brochure Web Version Available! (NEW June 2021)
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The WIGL Collaborative has published a brochure highlighting alternatives to woody invasive plants common in gardens and yards in the Great Lakes Basin. We are currently accepting orders. Through generous grant support, we can provide these brochures free of charge with free shipping within the Great Lakes jurisdictions. Bulk orders are accepted and encouraged. Please click here to order! Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping
What is the size and format of the brochure? It is 11″ x 17″, double-sided, and folded to a standard trifold size of 3.5″ x 8.5″
What is the title of the brochure? Landscape Alternatives to Invasive Trees, Shrubs and Vines of the Great Lakes Region
What is the intended audience for the brochure? The envisioned “end users” of the brochure are members of the general public who are making decisions about what woody species to plant in a garden, parkway or other cultivated landscape. Professional landscapers, landscape designers, or nursery owners may find the brochure useful to show their customers, but it is not intended to be a professional education tool. It is not geared towards natural area restoration.
What are the minimum and maximum order sizes? There is no minimum order. There is currently no maximum order size, but we are unlikely to ship more than 50 brochures to any individual who does not indicate affiliation with an organization or business in the fields of horticulture, landscaping or conservation.
How were the featured alternative species selected? Please see our general Landscape Alternatives FAQs.
Does the brochure include any non-native species as alternatives? Yes, alternatives include some non-native species that are not known to escape cultivation in the Midwest. However, roughly 90% of the recommendations in the brochure are U.S. native species, and the majority of those are native to at least part of the Great Lakes Basin.
Are all recommended alternatives hardy throughout the Great Lakes Region? No. All alternatives are hardy to Zone 5 or lower. About 85% are hardy to Zone 4 or lower, and roughly half to Zone 3 or lower.
Does the brochure include any “nativars”? Yes. For about a third of the native plant recommendations, we included the names of one or more cultivars. However, we include text in the brochure explaining that gardeners prioritizing habitat benefits should either look for seed grown plants or choose cultivars that retain the traits that research indicates are most important for wildlife utilization (e.g., flower structure, leaf color).
Header Image: Northern spicebush (Lindera benzoin) flower, Suzanne Cadwell under Creative Commons license via flickr.com