"Native Plants + One Suburban Lot = Wildlife Preserve." The essay (or article) lists my favorite plants as well as places / resources to research and buy natives. The paper gave the below image a full color page!
Here's the beginning: "This past summer I taught my wife the term “herbaceous perennial.” After I pronounced it a few times, defined it and used it in sentence as if at a spelling bee, she began to roll it around in her mouth as she walked our garden. “Her-BAY-shus,” she said over and over. “Perennials that die back to the ground each year,” I called after her from a distance as I weeded. “Is this a herbaceous perennial?” she asked, smirking as she touched the 8-foot stem of a joe pye weed in late August. “Yup,” I said, “and a native one at that.”
When I began the 2,000-square-foot garden four years ago, I was much more concerned about finding plants that wouldn’t suffocate in the clay soil in winter and spring, or whose roots wouldn’t be exposed by cracking cement-like soil in summer. In truth, I didn’t know much of anything. That meant non-native plants, common things the local nurseries sold—plants whose origins were likely to be in Asia, where most typical garden plants originate...."
|And a shot of some 8' eupatoriums! Viva tall stuff|
that birds enjoy perching upon.
So, it was 100 a few days ago and now it's 60. I need to divide some iris and widen the paths for the upcoming garden tour. A post, with pics, coming up of what will be going on here.