Friday, July 15, 2011

Wildlife Garden In Bloom

Oakleaf Hydrangea against redtwig dogwood.
Purple Coneflower/Echinacea purpurea.

Echinacea purpurea amid little bluestem and switchgrass.

The butterflies are active today.
Lots of native bees on the job as well.
Ratibida pinnata/yellow or gray coneflower.

Ratibida pinnata with Liatris and coreopsis.

Joe-pye weed standing tall.

Another Joe-Pye that self seeded into a good spot.
Liatris tall and purple, coreopsis low and yellow.
Liatris with a backdrop of Eupatorium,chocolate and boneset.


Anonymous Loret said...

Your place looks very inviting. So pretty!

15/7/11 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I am working towards this myself starting with zero knowledge of gardening 2 years ago..I hope to have as wildlife friendly a yard as you...Michelle

16/7/11 10:24 PM  
Blogger Athena said...

I'm envious! My little garden is taking so long for the plants to get old enough to bloom. Oh, well! Thanks for sharing your photos! Did you know about getting your yard certified as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation? It has some guidelines that are great for beginners (like me), and the option to get a nice sign to show the neighbors that you're helping wildlife!

17/7/11 9:16 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Thanks for visiting our garden online. It does take a couple of years for many native plants to bloom and several years if started from seed. One of the reasons I like to use many of the more common natives like echinacea purpurea and pallida along with coreopsis and liatris and phlox is that there is a showy bloom time early as the garden gets established. The lesser known and longer establishing plants eventually start to fight for space. We do need a few more grasses though. Now the switch grass and prairie dropseed are prominent but others are being added.
As the summer heats up the sounds of nature increases. It is wonderful.

18/7/11 12:39 PM  
Blogger said...

Your native combinations are wonderful. I just found your blog.

19/7/11 11:26 AM  
Blogger Benjamin Vogt said...

You are growing EVERY plant I love--those coneflowers, joe pye, liatris. I adore the various species coneflowers, none of those hothouse flower cultivars (which aren't pretty anyway).

19/7/11 1:20 PM  

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