Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

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?

Share

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
1 rating

Sunday - January 08, 2012

From: Arlington, TX
Region: Hawaii
Topic: Plant Lists, Planting, Propagation
Title: native plants for landscaping in Honolulu
Answered by: Anne Ruggles

QUESTION:

Hi, wildflower.org has been a great help for me in learning about different plants, their Latin names and characteristics. I was looking for a list of plants (trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials etc)that do well in Honolulu, Hawaii. I found one in wildflower.org and was a great help. I still am looking for other internet resources that will give me the information about the plants that can be used in landscaping. So could you please help me find those resources. Thank you so much for your consideration

ANSWER:

There are several good sources for learning about landscapig with native plants in Honoluu.

 

The Board of Water Supply for the City and County of Honolulu has an excellent site that helps you assess the microsite conditions where you want to plant, assessing your soil, water availability, etc. They also have an extensive list of places in Honolulu where you can see native plants growing, sources of where to purchase native plants, and sources to learn about the care of native plants.

The Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Hawaii has an excellent illustrated Brochure by Heidi L. Bornhorst and Fred D. Rauch, Best Native Plants for Landscapes that you can download as a pdf document. Another useful publication by the Cooperative Extension Service is Native Hawaiian Plants for Landscaping, Conservation, and Reforestation by Melvin Wong.

There is a searchable native plant propagation data base at the University of Hawaii website.

The Botanical Gardens of Honolulu are another good source of information about native plants and how to cultivate them.

An older but very informative document is this pdf, How to Plant a Native Hawaiian Gardern.
This handbook provides color photographs, detailed informtion about site preparaton, propogation, and care of many native plants.

Have fun on your project! 

 

 

 

 

 

More Plant Lists Questions

Plants for a bare clay slope in North Carolina
December 22, 2011 - Hi - I live near Raleigh North Carolina (border of the coastal plain and Piedmont). I have about 1/2 acre that was excavated for a geothermal heating/cooling system and now I need to stabilize it a...
view the full question and answer

Number of plant species existing in South Carolina
December 21, 2014 - Where can I find the number of known or estimated number of plant species existing in South Carolina? I have tried several search engines, but perhaps I am not wording my query properly. Thank you f...
view the full question and answer

Butterfly and Hummingbird Attracting Plants for CT
April 15, 2015 - Could you please give me a list of flowers that would attract butterflies and hummingbirds? I live in Darien, Connecticut and would love to make a butterfly garden.
view the full question and answer

Pool-Side Plants for Miami
April 02, 2015 - I am looking for plants, along the line of ti plant cordyline features, to plant around my chlorinated pool area with full South Miami sun. We have a dog therefore they must be non-toxic plants. The...
view the full question and answer

Native plants to grow with Earth Kind roses
October 03, 2013 - I garden on Blackland Prairie clay in Dallas. I am planning an Earth Kind rose bed. I am planning to add 3" of compost and 3" of expanded shale and to mulch with 3" of organic material, as recomm...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.