Backyard Garden / Native Plants, Year Two Begins
My native plants are starting to bud and bloom! It’s quite gratifying and exciting.
I have a suburban townhouse backyard. Several years ago, I ripped out the grass and landscaped most of the yard. At that time, I had no background on native plants, so I selected whatever ornamental perennial or shrub appealed to me.
Last summer though I began to fill in the empty spots with native plants. The task was interrupted when I took on a part-time naturalist job on week-ends, in addition to my regular career employment. That left me with little free time for gardening.
But, the plants I did add are starting to bloom –
I believe this is a native, but I’ve lost the label and can’t remember what it is:
Here it is growing amongst a jacob’s ladder plant, which is native, not yet in bloom:
This Aronia “Autumn Magic” chokeberry was purchased this year:
To other plants in my garden –
The first rose of the season:
I believe it’s one of the “Knock-out” rose bushes. (I was not good with keeping notes on what I planted.) It must love my backyard as it’s become a monster-rose bush:
The most dominant plants in my garden right now though are non-native invasives –
Dead nettle is taking over:
Whatever space is free from dead nettle allows wild strawberry to grow, currently with pretty yellow blooms:
And I have two white mulberry bushes that made their way into my yard:
I’m looking forward to clearing out the invasives (as much as I can) and adding more native plants this season!