July Life in the Garden
Now that the heat of the summer is upon us, I thought it would be worth looking at some garden plants that are flourishing despite the heat, and the fact that they are most definitely not getting babied!! If you are sick of watering, weeding, and babying your flower gardens--maybe this photo of my garden will convince you to jump to my side of the fence and plant natives! They thrive, spreading happily, and choking out any weeds that may appear. These plants have not been watered once this summer by anything but rain storms. I can count the number of times I have weeded the entire season (for about 10-15 minutes each time) on three fingers. Are you jealous yet?? The plants blooming in the picture include: Monarda didyma
(Beebalm)--attracts many pollinators AND hummingbirds (can you find the pollinator in the picture?), Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)--there are only a few plants shown in this angle, and Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)--readily spreads, comes in many more colors than the white shown in the photograph. If you are interested in learning more about low maintenance native plants, contact us today to set up your fall Landscape Visionaries session
. I guess it is important to note that all plants require some maintenance when they are actually planted and they do need some attention, but in the long run, they do not require the pampering of some of the non-native garden favorites.