Monthly Archives: June 2016
Having shrubs that provide great color in your front yard is sure to make your house noticeable. While you don't want shrubs that will be too tall to interfere with visibility, there are a number of shrubs that will be sure to delight you and your neighbors through beautiful flowers, interesting foliage, and delightful fragrance.
Along with planting evergreens and deciduous trees, shrubs are an essential part of windbreak design. Because they provide another layer of protection from the harsh winter winds, consider using these shrubs in your windbreak to maximize the protection available to you in every season.
Elderberry - Sambucus spp.
Prized for it's fragrant flowers and delicious fruits, elder
It may seem counter-intuitive to plant deciduous trees in your windbreak, given that they have no leaves in the winter when they come into the most use. However, using deciduous trees in you windbreak provides you with shade in the summer and creates a more diverse planting. Having increased diversity helps prevent the total devastation of your windbreak should one species be impacted by disease or other natural causes, along with providing habitat for wildlife.
With hot, dry summers, the Southern Midwest has some incredible drought tolerant plants that are native to the area that are sure to make your landscape look even more stunning in the hot summer months. Today, we'll talk about five native plants from the Southern Midwest United States. Native plants are defined as plants that have been established in a given area for hundreds of years. This definition is often paired with a geographic location, like the Southern Midwest United States. It is challenging to pinpoint an exact geographical boundary, as plants do not follow the same boundaries people do, so we will just limit it to the southern portion of the Midwest in general - zones 6 through 11.
We all have come across it - that one spot in the yard that is always wet, muddy and swampy, regardless of how we try to amend it. Most often, we just give up planting anything there and write it off as "the swamp." But what if there were plants adapted to growing there that would thrive and still look beautiful?The good news: there are! Many of these plants are ready to take on the wet areas of your yard, and can survive both in nearly flooded conditions for short term, moderately wet seasons or drier times.
Photo by Charlesjsharp
Hummingbirds zip and fly through the air, looking for a tasty treat to snack on. Planting perennial plants in your landscape can provide season-long feeding stations for hummingbirds as they migrate.
Found only in the Americas, hummingbirds are attracted to the red and orange flowers but have been known to feed on other colored flowers. They also tend to prefer flowers that are trumpet shaped. Their small, narrow beaks make it easier for the birds to reach the nectar, while deterring other insect and bird pollinators.
Much of the Midwest is known not only for its fertile cropland but also for its rolling hills and prairies. These plants have adapted to the windy and harsh environments, providing erosion control and holding the soil where it belongs with deep roots. Today, we'll talk about five native plants from the Northern Midwest United States. Native plants are defined as plants that have been established in a given area for hundreds of years. This definition is often paired with a geographic location, like the Northern Midwest United States. It is challenging to pinpoint an exact geographical boundary, as plants do not follow the same boundaries people do, so we will just limit it to the Northern portion of the Midwest in general - zones 2 through 6.