Choose Native Plants
Thousands of plants grew in this area long before European colonialists showed up and established the 13 colonies. Ferns, clubmosses, grasses, sedges, wildflowers, vines and shrubs are perfectly suited for the soil and climate of our region. Given the right mix of sun and shade, and moist or dry soil, native plants can truly thrive in your garden with very low maintenance after planting. Plus, they’ll draw pollinators all spring and summer and be able to withstand frost once winter approaches.
Leverage A Little Whimsy
Perfectly manicured gardens will always be incredibly enviable, but not everyone has the time and energy to maintain the look and feel of a tidy boxwood-lined yard. This year, add some plants and flowers to lend a more relaxed vibe to your outdoor space. In addition to tall grasses and wildflowers, using gravel and woodchips on walkways or leveraging unexpected containers such a vintage birdbaths or rustic whiskey barrel containers adds both texture and personality to your space.
Emphasizing function as much as form in your garden design can go a long way. Choosing plants, flowers and shrubs that keep deer away but attract bees and hummingbirds help boost your yard’s ecological health, and make for a lush and healthy landscape to enjoy all season long.