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My Favorite Nursery Mail-Order Companies

While I’m a big supporter of local nurseries/small businesses, sometimes I’m seeking particular plants that my nursery doesn’t normally stock or sold out of which forces me to seek out mail order companies.  Late into the growing season, I was inspired to build up my largely ignored shade garden.  For years I believed that only full or partial sun plants were worth my while, that only they were beautiful.  I overlooked the astilbes, hellebores, dicentras, ferns, lily of the valleys, hostas, etc.  All are lovely and well worth a second glance…

Jackson & Perkins

Nature Hills Nursery

White Flower Farm

Burpee Seeds & Plants

Home Depot Garden Center

Hirt’s Gardens

H. Potter

Renee’s Garden Seeds

Gurneys Seed & Nursery

Terrain

Spring Hill Nursery

Gardener’s Supply Company

Planet Natural

Natural Gardening

 

*Photocredits: No Dig Gardener UK, Living Fashion New Zealand, & Thompson Morgan

 

 

Hummingbird Books & Websites

Along the way I’ve discovered several amazing books and websites regarding hummingbirds and wanted to share…

 

The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley

 

The Sibley Guide to Birds book by DAS

 

Hummingbirds of North America: The Photographic Guide by Steve N.G. Howell

 

Hummingbirds of North America book bu SNGH

 

The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds by David Wentworth Lazaroff

 

The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds book by DWL

 

The Complete Book of Hummingbirds by Tony Tilford

 

The Complete Book of Hummingbirds book by TT

 

*Photocredit: Amazon.com

 

Websites:

Hummingbird Society

Hummingbird Journey North (migration patterns)

Hummingbird Gardening

Garden Experiments

Audubon e.g. please also see nectar sources by region

New Jersey Audubon

The Wisconsin Gardener (Kathi & Michael Rock)

Duncraft

Park Seed

Bellacor

Creek Tree

Hummingworlds

Birdzillia

World of Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds.net

Hummingbird HQ

Par.A.Sol

Hummingbird Society: Hummingbird 101

Hummingbird Garden with Perennials & Annuals

I started gardening in 2004, creating a perennial raised-bed garden (always remember that raised beds need extra watering!).  When my husband and I returned from our Cape May trip early June, after discovering the presence of hummingbirds, I decided to read more on the topic (a resource post will follow this one).  Transforming my old perennial garden into a hummingbird garden has been a great source of joy for me!  Through this process, I’ve rediscovered my passion for gardening; sadly I had abandoned my perennial garden for a few years minus some basic pruning, post Fall & winter cleanup, and fertilizing (meaning there were no new plant installations/landscaping for a while).  Even with the recent new plant additions, I have kept a few of my previous perennials, namely Dragon’s Blood, daylily, bleeding hearts, and miniature roses.  The others since have been transferred to a neighboring garden patch which we usually refer to as “The Bowling Pin” because of its shape.  I saw a question posted to The Hummingbird Society Facebook site (hope you will decide to join!) regarding the perfect zone-specific plants and flowers to establish in one’s garden to successfully attract these birds.  My best advice is to consult with your local nursery; they can be a wealth of information and you will have the confidence in knowing your purchase will have a higher potential to thrive in your garden.  I know, shameless plug here to support your local small business, but you know how much I love small businesses ;)!  My local nursery even had a printout highlighting perennials versus annuals (was very thankful for this list)!

The following are for Zone 6 (keep in mind these are dependent on sunlight and water conditions in your garden):

Astilbe
Beard’s Tongue
Bee Balm
Begonia
Blue Indigo
Bugleweed
Butterfly Weed
Canna
Cleome
Columbine
Coral Bells
Dahlia
Delphinium
Foxglove
Fuchsia
Garden Phlox
Gayfeather
Geranium
Gladiola
Hollyhock
Honeysuckle
Hosta
Impatiens
Joe-Pye-Weed
Lantana
Lily
Lupine
Morning Glory
Monkshood
Montbrieta
Nasturtium
Pentas
Petunia
Pincushion
Red-Hot Poker
Red Valerian
Rose Mallow
Sage
Snapdragon
Sweet William
Turtlehead
Verbena
Veronica
Zinnia

There may be more hummingbird-attractive plants I have not included on my list; I don’t consider it comprehensive since I’m still learning like you.  I will try to update as I encounter them in the future.  I hope this list will be helpful to all of you in Zone 6!  Seems like nectar-producing species, red (hummers can see color), and/or tubular-shaped flowers (in which they typically find their bugs of choice here) are the way to go ;).  Remember to set out your nectar feeder(s) and keep them very clean and full.  The hummingbirds will become more and more reliant as nectar-producing flowers diminsh with the progression through summer into autumn.   Also, place your feeders near these hummer-friendly plants.  Hummingbirds love a place in which they can enjoy opportunities for shade, part sun, full sun, and cover (mature trees & shrubs) as a protection against potential danger.  I suspect this is why they’ve chosen to remain in our garden for this reason.

Below, is a picture of my hummingbird garden in the middle of its transformation, enjoy =)…

As always, happy gardening!

*Photocredit: NYCupcake

 

nycupcake hummingbird garden

 

Cotswold Dream Cottage

What a sweet little cottage decoration to add a touch of the English countryside to your garden!  It’s crafted by American artisans and hand-cast using a fiber reinforced concrete which is expected to be able to endure virtually any climate.  It even has a removable roof; just darling =).  One word of warning, it’s a hefty $305.00 =(.  I hope there’s a sale soon.  Charleston Gardens also has many other versions of this charming cottage…

*Photocredit: Charleston Gardens

 

My Favorite Gardening Supplies…

I’m sorry I meant to post about my favorite gardening supplies (not all are necessities, some are frivolities) a lot sooner than this.  Well here we go…

  • Sphagnum moss cone-shaped hanging planters
  • Lined metal scrollwork window boxes
  • Trowel
  • Spade
  • Weeding fork & dandelion weeder
  • Bulb planter
  • Mister
  • Gardening shears/clippers
  • Flower/Rose cutters
  • MiracleGro
  • Plantone (fertilizer for all other plants other than evergreens)
  • Hollytone (fertilizer for evergreens)
  • Organic lime (I use this for my hydrangea)
  • Miracid (food for acid-loving plants)
  • Potting soil appropriate for the type of plant you are caring for
  • Mud Gloves
  • Suede leather gloves, preferably long gloves to handle thorny plants and to protect your forearms
  • Jute
  • Pretty porcelain pots of assorted sizes with matching drip trays
  • Plastic drip trays/dishes of assorted sizes
  • Collapsible leaf bins for e.g. Fall cleanup
  • Gardener’s tote by Smith & Hawken
  • Gardening supportive knee pad
  • Soil sifter
  • Scissors
  • White oil for gardening tool maintenance
  • Gardener’s Pamper Kits by Crabtree & Evelyn (cleansers, lotions, and other lovely things)
  • Inspiration:
  1. Words from the Garden: A Collection of Beautiful Poetry, Prose, and Quotations by Isobel Carlson
  2. Trugs, Dibbers, Trowels and Twine: and Everything Good about Gardening with Little Tips and Words of Wisdom and Inspiration on the Simplest of Pleasures by Isobel Carlson

 

What are your favorites?…..

 

P.S. Besides your local nurseries & garden centers, Home Depot, Target, and Terrain are also other great places to shop for gardening supplies.

 

*Photocredit: Various Sources: Amazon.com, Crabtree & Evelyn, Smith & Hawken