Memphis gardeners who favor native plants (commonly called wildflowers) understand that the key to a beautiful garden is to guide nature, not control it. If woodland poppies jump the sidewalk into a bed of phlox, who cares? Yellow and purple look lovely together. If bee balm overtakes the sunny side of the house, no worry. You'll be happy when the hummingbirds show up. "One of the wonderful traits of native plants is how they find their place," says Andy Williams, general manager of the Lichterman Nature Center. "They also are easy to grow and environmentally friendly." If you're still not convinced, stroll the trails at Lichterman or the woodland garden at The Dixon Gallery, where drifts of Jacob's ladder, foamflowers, bluebells, and mayapples happily announce the start of spring. Better yet, shop two sales this weekend, where knowledgeable volunteers will help you select from more than 100 different wildflowers for both sun and shade.
Wildflower Plant Sale, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to noon (members only); Friday, April 7, noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (general admission).
Native Plant Sale, Lichterman Nature Center, Friday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.