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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 –

Columbine:

columbine

Blueberry:

blueberry2

I believe this is a native, but I’ve lost the label and can’t remember what it is:

unknown

Here it is growing amongst a jacob’s ladder plant, which is native, not yet in bloom:

unknown with jacob's ladder

This Aronia “Autumn Magic” chokeberry was purchased this year:

chokeberry_close

chokeberry shrub

To other plants in my garden –

The first rose of the season:

1st rose

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:

monster rose bush

The most dominant plants in my garden right now though are non-native invasives –

Dead nettle is taking over:

dead nettle

Whatever space is free from dead nettle allows wild strawberry to grow, currently with pretty yellow blooms:

wild strawberry_yellow bloom

And I have two white mulberry bushes that made their way into my yard:

white mulberry

I’m looking forward to clearing out the invasives (as much as I can) and adding more native plants this season!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. It looks so nice, Neita! It really is such a good feeling to know that the plants in your yard support the other organisms in your yard. And, of course, you can’t help but get a little giddy seeing them thrive and blossom! Thanks for the tour!

    May 11, 2013
    • Thanks for stopping by Tami! I’ll be posting garden “tours” throughout the season.

      May 19, 2013

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