Q: Do you have a map or outline of how to plant the forest plants, such as according to height, etc.?
A: Our plant groupings change from throughout the year depending on what is in stock, so we don't have a layout for any of them. Luckily, the forest plants are of similar size. The tallest in the 2016 group are skullcap, Indian pink, and wild geranium. They would be planted in the center or back of the bed.
Q: Will any of these need to be caged to protect them from being nibbled on until mature?
A: Wild sweet William is a rabbit favorite, so you might want to protect it if rabbits are a problem in your garden.
If you consistently have problems with animals in your garden, you may need to protect new plants until they are well-rooted even though the plant labeling may describe the plants as deer or rabbit resistant. Animals will often sample new plants before they realize they don't really like them.
Q: Will all the plants in this group benefit from a thick mulch of leaves over the winter? (Maple, sweet gum and oak primarily).
A: Yes, though this may prevent the wildflower's seeds from germinating. Removing the leaves in the spring will allow seeds to germinate.