En Español

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

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Sunday - May 27, 2012

From: Toledo, OH
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Ferns, Grasses or Grass-like, Herbs/Forbs, Shrubs, Trees, Vines
Title: Plants wilting too quickly in Toledo OH
Answered by: Barbara Medford


The garden I have had recent issues with plants wilting all too quickly. I would like to know what types of plants would be hearty for the climate in Toledo, Ohio. I have a partly sunny front yard and have a sprinkler system.


Without a little more information about conditions in your yard, we probably can't speculate on why the leaves are wilting. They could be plants that need more shade than they are getting, or more water, etc. However, we certainly can teach you how to use our Native Plant Database to locate plants native to Lucas County in northwest Ohio, at the western edge of Lake Erie. It's important for plants you use to be native to that area, because the natives will be adjusted by centuries of experience to the somewhat difficult growing conditions there, including high humidity in the Summer, and low temperatures and cold lake winds in the Winter.

Begin by going to our Native Plant Database and, using the Combination Search, select on Ohio, then on the Habit (Tree, Shrub, Herb, Grass/Grasslike, etc). Next, indicate the conditions in your garden where you want the particular gardens to grow - this includes soil moisture, light requirements, even projected height of the selected plants. Without knowing those characteristics, we can only select on State and Habit, and then check to see if our selection is native to your area.We will give you one of each habit, and when you are familiar with our database, you can do your own searches. Follow each plant link to our webpage on that plant to learn what it needs in the way of sun, soil moisture, and growing conditions.

Herb (herbaceous blooming plant):Agalinis purpurea (Purple false foxglove

USDA map

Shrub:Amelanchier arborea (Common serviceberry)    USDA map

Tree:Cercis canadensis (Eastern redbud)    USDA map


Grass/Grasslike:Calamagrostis canadensis (Bluejoint)   USDA map

Ferns:Dryopteris carthusiana (Shield fern)    USDA map

Vine:Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)   USDA map



From the Image Gallery

Purple false foxglove
Agalinis purpurea

Common serviceberry
Amelanchier arborea

Eastern redbud
Cercis canadensis

Calamagrostis canadensis

Shield fern
Dryopteris carthusiana

American bittersweet
Celastrus scandens

More Vines Questions

Looking for seed for Clematis drummondii in Granbury, TX.
November 29, 2010 - I am trying to landscape with native Texas plants. I want a Clematis drummondii and have no idea where to get one. I read it grows readily from seeds, but I cannot locate any. Can you help. Also, ...
view the full question and answer

Plant identification request for a vine
September 19, 2007 - I would like to identify a wild vine that I have just discovered in our bush. It has leaves similar in shape to a maple leaf,approx.4"wide, has white flower spikes, and some kind of a fruit or pod t...
view the full question and answer

Evergreen groundcovers for NE NC
April 20, 2015 - Can you please provide a list of evergreen native groundcovers for Northeastern NC?
view the full question and answer

I need an evergreen vine to hide an ugly fence.
February 24, 2009 - I am looking to find a vine that will be on my south facing fence. I would like it to be evergreen as to hide my ugly fence.
view the full question and answer

Pet Friendly Groundcovers for CA
January 23, 2016 - I am looking for pet friendly, groundcover plants in San Jose, CA.
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center