|Indian grass, Switchgrass, Hairy Beardtongue, Coneflower, New Jersey Tea, Prarie Smoke and Red-Osier Dogwood|
The Beardtongue, Coneflowers and Switchgrass are native but I bought cultivated forms that are probably different than what you would find in the wild. However, the beardtongue and coneflowers have been great with attracting butterfliesfor the last couple of years. The Switchgrass has also been very successful and seems to help bring in birds ( especially during the fall )
|Close-up of flowering New Jersey Tea|
I have a few other native plants, scattered throughout my backyard. I bought a Highbush Cranberry three years ago and, after a slow start, it has really taken to its surroundings. This year it flowered for the first time and we are hoping for our first fruit this year.
I have a massive Red-osier dogwood that has grown to immense proportions. It is a bird magnet, both in terms of food and shelter.
I also managed to sneak some New England Asters a few years ago into the garden and they have repaid me every fall. Their flowers are amazing ( one of my favourites, actually ) and by attracting parrows and finches.
|To the left: My thriving Red-osier Dogwood; To the far right: New England Asters|
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