En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Tuesday - April 12, 2011

From: Charlotte, NC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Shrubs, Wildflowers
Title: Native plants for restoring a North Carolina pond site
Answered by: Guy Thompson


I reconstructed the dam to a 50 year old cattle pond at our high-end residential development in Charlotte, NC. There are many large mature trees around the pond but also some good sun exposure at two sides of the pond. We've limbed up the trees around the pond, installed picnic tables, and now would like to plant colorful, drought-resistant plants around the pond as we do not have irrigation in the area. We named the area WILD FLOWER POND PARK so we would like to plant not only shrubs but some kind of wildflowers that come up every year without a lot of effort.


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center maintains a number of Internet web sites that will be helpful to you.  Mr. Smarty Plants recommends that you start by examining a list of plants recommended for your state.  Reading the descriptions of some of these will give you ideas for complementing the plants that you already have on site.  You would be  wise to start with a mixed selection of wildflower seeds suitable for North Carolina, such as available at American Meadows nursery.  Clicking on the Description of the various seed mixtures will show you the individual species included.  Most of these can be researched in detail by entering the common name or botanical name on the LBJ Wildflower Center Native Plant Database.  Depending upon the exact nature of your site, some of the plants will thrive and others may not.  But you will learn which species to seed in larger amounts. 

Good luck in your project to restore the native plants of your area!


More Wildflowers Questions

Bluebonnet rosettes in July from Austin
July 30, 2012 - Dear Mr S.P.: Please solve my bluebonnet summer mystery! I established about 1500 sq feet of bluebonnets starting four years ago by scavenging seeds here and there and just scattering in the sprin...
view the full question and answer

Wildflowers for Murphy NC Clay
August 24, 2012 - I live on a ridge in Murphy NC. The property has trees so most of the land is in partial shade. The soil is good 'ole mountain red clay. I have some steep bankings in front of the house that I wou...
view the full question and answer

Viewing of Texas native wildflowers
February 04, 2008 - Can you provide a general listing of when various Texas native wildflowers are in bloom? Also helpful would be a list of areas where these wildflowers could be photographed in their native growing ar...
view the full question and answer

Red spider mites in native bluebonnets in Austin
April 02, 2008 - What would you do if the WFC bluebonnets developed a bad case of red spider mites? That is what has happened to many of mine here in Austin. I noticed them the other day and I must have been asleep be...
view the full question and answer

More on bluebonnets
August 07, 2006 - Can you grow Texas bluebonnets in Madison, OH which is right near Lake Erie?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center