Add Native Plants to your Garden this Fall!
3" pots now available for 8 different species - quart sized pots are still available too!
Receive a 10% discount when you buy 5 or more of the 3" Native Plants.
Keep an eye out as more species become available over the next couple of weeks!
Available online and in the Farm Stand.
Benefits of Fall Planting
In the fall soils hold onto heat, even when temperatures fall, which is ideal for new roots to grow.
If you plant by mid-September, that gives the roots plenty of time to establish which will help the transplants acclimate and allow them to gradually go into dormancy with the onset of colder temperatures.
Water transplants thoroughly when they are planted. Try to water less often and more deeply.
By mid-October, back off on watering in order to allow the plants to harden off.
Do not fertilize fall plantings. Fertilization causes transplants to put energy into new vegetative growth that can be damaged by winter conditions and will also suppress the establishment of roots.
Do add a 2-3 inch layer of mulch or compost, when the temperature starts to cool, at the base of plants making sure to leave some open space around the stems.
As long as the plants are well anchored and mulched, frost heaving will be prevented.
Your native perennials will go into dormancy and come back in full swing to flower next spring!
Native Plants are available for sale!
Check the farm stand for latest availability!
Hilltop Hanover Farm is proud to offer seed-propagated native plants for your habitat gardens, pollinator pathways, and ecological landscapes! For over a year, Hilltop Hanover Farm has been developing a farm-based native plant nursery as a full circle biodiversity initiative designed to protect existing natural habitats and conserve native flora specifically adapted to our ecoregion. Our process is slow, because our focus is on the stewardship of local ecotypes, which are plants adapted to a specific local ecoregion. For us, that means plants from Ecoregion 59, the Northeastern Coastal Zone. The seeds we use are wild-collected and come from protected habitats within our ecoregion and hardiness zone. All seeds are collected by trained botanists with landowner permission using protocols designed to ensure that genetic diversity is retained, and wild plant populations are not compromised.
We offer native plants for sale from late April through September. View our catalog and learn more about the plants we conserve and grow.
Become a Native Plant Gardener!
Our nursery is powered by gardeners like you. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join us in protecting our local flora--from seed to sale. In the only hands-on program of this kind in the area, you’ll learn how to conserve and grow the beautiful native plants that are an essential element of our local habitats.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Join Hilltop Hanover Farm staff for educational work sessions all year long.
- Help us care for native plant seedlings during the growing season and discover how native plants are used for habitat restoration and as a basis for local pollinator pathways. Volunteers help with propagation, garden maintenance, seed harvesting, and seed cleaning.
- Our core team of volunteers help with wild seed collecting, record-keeping and accession documentation, plant sales, and organizing workshops.
Plus, volunteers have access to advance registration for workshops taught by top-notch horticulturists and botanists.
Funding for the Native Plant Nursery was generously provided by the Bedford Garden Club.