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Invasive – Vinca major periwinkle.


Alternative: Geranium maculatum Wild Geranium. Grow Me Instead! Provided by Ontario Invasive Plant Council


you were probably eager to start plan- ning your gardens. However, before choosing that perfect plant for your garden landscape, you may want to consider the issue of invasive plants. “Invasive plants” are those that have


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been introduced to an area outside their native range and negatively affect the environment, economy or society.


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hether you are new to gardening, or a horticultural expert, after this long winter,


Ontario has hundreds of invasive plant species, and some are sold in nurseries and garden centres. It may be hard to believe that some of those beautiful, hardy species are in fact invasive and can cause economic and environmental damage, but they can. Horticulture is one of the many path-


ways for the introduction and spread of invasive plants. However, as a garden- er, it can be challenging to find non- invasive or native plants that suit your


gardening needs. With this is mind, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) and partners have created the Grow Me Instead guide to help gardeners and landscapers choose the right non- invasive and native plants. The Grow Me Instead guide identifies common garden plants that may be invasive, and then provides a list of non-invasive and native alternatives to those plants. As a gardener or landscaper, another challenge can be locating local nurser-


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Photo by Jane Shelby Richardson.


Photo by Fritz Flohr Reynolds.


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