This Season’s Top 5 Plants Your Garden Needs – Because “out”doors is so very “in”… | ALENA KIRBY

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There is a childlike pleasure involved in putting your hands deep in the earth, sowing seeds that will turn into something amazing. Gardeners understand the miracle of watering and waiting, watching something bloom as if by magic.

This summer why not try something new in the garden? Here are a few ideas to enchant, entice and inspire:

Because Bees Rock (and Mother Nature needs our help) plant something bees will love…

Planting a variety of plants that bees are attracted to will not only help the dwindling bee population, but will also help your garden’s yield. Consider the following : Blueberry, Willow, Foxglove, Blackberry, Lavender, Sunflower, Aster , Cornflower, Pumpkin.

Blueberry flowers
Blueberry flowers
Foxglove
Foxglove
Blackberry flowers
Blackberry flowers
Sunflowers and lavender
Sunflowers and lavender
aster flower
Aster
Wild cornflowers
Wild cornflowers

Because a love of gardening starts early – plant something with kids that is fun for them to harvest.

Ground cherries are naturally individually wrapped in beautiful Chinese lantern type packages, that are super fun for kids to open, and easy for them to identify when ripe.

groundCherry

 

Because Beauty is reason enough – plant something so gorgeous, heads will spin.

Parrot Tulips are always a show stopper.

Mixed parrot tulips
Mixed parrot tulips

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Because original dishes start with original produce… plant something you will be proud to put on your table like this Brocoli Romanesco.

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This psychedelic – looking vegetable is closely related to Cauliflower but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. Mario Batali suggests sautéing it slowly with garlic and lemon zest and some red pepper flakes for zing.

Because early spring is the time to feed the hungry (and also dwindling) population of Monarch butterflies arriving from Mexico.

Try milkweed, chives, May Night salvia – bees hummingbirds love them too!

monarch butterfly on common milkweed
monarch butterfly on common milkweed
Flowering chives
Flowering chives
May Night salvia
May Night salvia

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Susan mason says:

    Nice touch! I loved the flags and great gardening suggestions.

    1. amandagay says:

      Thank you Susan, we really appreciate your comment! There is something so homey about those garden flags, isn’t there? It’s no nice to finally get our gardening on!

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