Authentic Long Island Native Plants and Tick Prevention
There's many ways to protect the environment in your garden. Quality Parks Bee Friendly Nursery grows and sells native plants that are a vital resource for our bees, butterflies, birds and wildlife (in general for food and cover). Purchasing plants from us, also helps our conservation and educational charitable mission
If ordering online, contact us, before placing an order. We're just getting started for the 2021 season and need to update our plant inventories. Sorry for the inconveniance.
Native Plant Finder
Use our native plant finder below which connects that plants we grow and sell to natural landscapes. This will help you learn how well natives will do in your planting project. By paying attention to their habitat preferences, you can then piece why some species are shade tolerant, whether they will do well in full sun, partial shade, or full shade. And why they prefer dry soils, mesic, or wet soils. When you click on each plant listed, we'll also provide you with bloom times, height, and tolerances to deer browsing, powdery mildew, and prolonged drought.
Grasslands, Old Fields, Meadows
Grasslands, Old Fields, Meadows depend on disturbance and historical uses. Variations occur in the percentage of native grasses to wildflowers, blooming times and height. Note: wet meadows have also been classified under freshwater wetlands. Learn more
If you want to create a low growing old field or meadow, select Butterfly Milkweed, Maryland Golden Aster, and Little Bluestem.
Taller grasses can add structure, especially on property edges, but will dominate, so coplant with tall wildflowers.
Freshwater systems are permanent or periodically flooded, with with saturated soils and plant species that are adapted to wet conditions. They can be bogs, wet meadows, marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes, rivers. Swamp Milkweed is tolerant of garden soil and likes sunny areas, and spreads by seeds. Joepye Weed tolerates shade and requires moist conditions, though sensitive to powdery mildew so prefers more ventilated areas. Mountain Mints also do well in wet meadows.
Marine Conservation includes protecting coastal communities. Marine habitats include: the bluffs, beaches, rocky shores, estuaries (most productive and nursery for many species), tidal wetlands, salt marsh, intertidal zones, and ocean layers. Swamp Rose Mallow grows in tidal areas, but also does well in garden soils. Common Milkweed does well at the beach, sandy, and sunny areas. Switch Grass and Little bluestem tolerant some salt spray, and do well in dry soils. Learn more
Tick Bite Prevention
We also sell tick bite prevention for personal protection. In the preceding link, you'll learn more.
- Full Sun (6 hours or more of direct sunlight) - Partial Sun/Shade (4-6 hours of daylight)