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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 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

 

Planning for Spring…

My Success Choice Planner has inspired me to make earlier plans for my Spring garden (perennial and planter).  It’s the perfect activity to enliven the typical idyllness of midwinter and to look forward to yet another exciting growing season!  My favorites are wildflower seed packets, but unfortunately, I have not had much luck with them.  This will not stop me from trying again.  Below are my top picks for gardening needs.  I hope I haven’t inadvertently left someone off my list…

Local nurseries:  Please support small business!

Jackson & Perkins

Terrain

Burpee

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Charleston Gardens

Renee’s Garden Seeds

The Cottage Gardener

Easy To Grow Bulbs

White Flower Farm

*Photocredit: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Jackson & Perkins

 

 

Gorgeous Residential Architecture

These are pictures of two Tudors with turrets. They are magnificent! My second favorite are Colonials. I love homes that have interesting interiors e.g. built-in cabinets, a spiral stair casing, cathedral ceilings. Something that says “charm, charm, charm.” Pretty landscaping is also a big plus. I love japanese cherry trees, japanese maples (weeping or not), pink dogwoods, hybrid, tea, & miniature roses, hinoki, arbor vitae, hollies, mountain fire andromedas, cypresses, lilacs, honeysuckle, peonies, poppies, forsythia, japanese painted ferns, pink astilbes, oriental lillies, strawberries, etc. I love many plants that unfortunately do not thrive in my zone e.g. jasmine, plumeria, and French lavender to name a few.

*Please note: left pic photocredit to ElissaSCA and right pic photocredit to HistoricOmaha.net.