|The border around the garden has a variety of native plants. A bluebird is currently nesting in the box, |
I try to avoid walking by, but it happens
The earliest blooming plant in the border was Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis. The nodding red and yellow flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Blooming period is typically April through May. The seeds are held loosely in the upright pods.
|I did not get a photo of my Columbine this season, but here you can see |
the seed pods mixed in with some Black-eyed Susans. I need to shake out
the seed pods to get more plants for next year.
Last year I planted both black-eye and Brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta and R. triloba). The deer were constantly eating the flowers and leaves of both species. This year only the Black-eyed Susans returned. I have been more diligent about spraying them with hot pepper solution, which seems to work. While not as upright as Yellow Cone Flower (R. fulgida) I like the extended blooming season of R. hirta, lasting from June through September.
|Here's Spotted Beebalm in a mixed border of Black-eyed Susans and False Pennyroyal. |
The flowers are actually small yellow tubes hidden by the large pinkish bracts.
|The flowers of Wild Bergamot are more exposed than Spotted Beebalm's|
making it easier for large butterflies to access them.
|I have not seen any Monarch butterflies around these milkweeds, |
mostly small greenish bees (Sweat bees?)
|I have established a dense hedge of American Pennyroyal|
along one edge of the garden.
We'll see if it keeps out the moles, etc.
|I'm pretty sure this is one of the Nodding Onions. |
I'll know better once it reaches full bloom -
will the flower continue to droop or turn upright.
|I don't usually go for the flashy cultivars, but |
I wanted to add some more red to the garden
|The middle of the garden provides a refuge |
for the more deer-sensitive species.
I selected the 'Autumn Beauty' cultivar of sunflower because it only grows to 6 feet, keeping it in scale with the rest of the plants and reducing the risk of tipping over.
|Heal-all is widely disbursed through the Northern Hemisphere. |
It is a larval host for the Clouded Sulphur butterfly.
|Plains Coreopsis starts out kind of wiry, but straightens up as it matures.|
One additional note about the border. My outer fence is a 5-wire electric fence, but it is not energized. If it were, it would immediately ground out because of all the plants growing on the wires. If you have an energized fence it must be free of plants. A flowering border should be sited well inside or outside the electrified wires.