For some, these garden standards define Spring, but it’s important to realize that many are one-trick ponies, offering a few weeks of color in the garden and then that’s it. They do not support local wildlife by offering their leaves as larval host plants, their flowers, especially the frilly double ones, do not offer nectar to pollinators and they do not produce berries or nuts that will feed songbirds and small mammals in the coming months.
If you’d like to make your garden more wildlife-friendly without sacrificing any of the color, fragrance or spring pizzazz, here’s a look at some native spring-flowering trees and shrubs that will be a treat for you and for the local birds, bees, butterflies and more.
It’s the fourth day of the month so that means it’s time once again for You Can Grow That!, a celebration of gardens and plants and the joy they bring to our lives. Garden bloggers from across the country highlight plants they … Continue reading →
Here in Connecticut, spring means the three big names in non-native spring-flowering trees – Magnolia, Malus (crab apple), and Prunus (cherry) – are in full bloom. Here’s a look at one reason why these trees are so popular and make great additions … Continue reading →
I love trees, especially in the late fall and winter when you can more easily appreciate their silhouettes, branching structure and their bark. Here’s a look at a few of my favorite trees with interesting bark, which only adds to their year round landscape value. Are you … Continue reading →
Spring ephemerals, plants that bloom for just a few weeks in the early spring and whose foliage dies back by mid-summer, are a great source of nectar for early pollinators in your wildlife garden. They are also a colorful way to … Continue reading →
I’m always looking for two types of plants to add to my Connecticut garden – native plants and plants that I can use as lawn alternatives. Here’s one plant that fulfills both objectives, Comptonia peregrina. The Basics Botanical Name: Comptonia … Continue reading →
Spring-flowering bulbs are an easy and inexpensive way to add months of color to your garden. Plant them once in the fall and they’ll provide years and years of spring color. But if deer are frequent visitors to your garden, … Continue reading →
I’ve been toying with idea of planting red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) in my southwestern Connecticut garden for years. On paper, red chokeberry sounds perfect. It’s native to Connecticut and much of the eastern US, has bright red berries to feed … Continue reading →