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Bedhead: Low Maintenance Native Plants

This is a wonderful time for gardening. I’m not just talking about the warm weather that seems to be finally showing up. The diversity found in native plants is useful in assisting pollinators and wildlife. That variety is key to helping insects and wildlife through all stages of their lives.

People may be hesitant to renovate their gardens because of common questions that can arise. How much time will it take? Will I need to do it all in one year? And most importantly, how do I get started?  Don’t delay making changes. We’re here to help guide you to create a spot that welcomes both you and the wildlife that shares your yard.

Would you like to save time? Look at the height and width of where you want to put the plants. Consider the amount of sunlight and how wet or dry the space is. Scent, textures, and favorite colors can be used to add your personal stamp.  That knowledge comes in handy when you start shopping.

Smooth Hydrangeas are tough and can tolerate drought. They produce creamy white flowers on a mounding shrub that are visited by the Hydrangea sphinx caterpillar and other insects.  Songbirds can also enjoy the seeds if you include shrubby cinquefoil. Summersweet has a lovely fragrance and flowers in the summer with compact varieties now available.

St. John’s Wort is a shrub that gives interest to the garden with its flowers giving way to orange seed heads.  Li’l Devil Ninebark adds purple leaves to your garden. It’s mildew resistant and combines well with other compact shrubs. Bearberry is a low-growing ground cover with red berries found to be most popular with ground living birds.

Carex, commonly called sedge, is a clumping grass that can be tucked into areas that are shady.  You’ll find those in the shade area of the perennials where you’ll find Red Columbine, Bleeding Hearts and Jack in the Pulpit.  Purple Coneflowers, Blue Flag Irises, and Cardinal flowers add color to the sun area.

You can have beauty, wildlife diversity, and save time by working with New England natives. Ready to jump in?