Originally posted on The Dragonfly Woman:
I adore gardens and plants! That doesn’t mean that I’m a competent gardener because that’s not the case at all. Still, every now and again I will very successfully grow something, just enough that I’m not completely discouraged and really enjoy mucking about in the dirt planting and harvesting. I’ve been especially taken by the native plant garden at work. It’s a demonstration garden and I want to implement several new ideas I’ve learned from my coworkers and the garden they’ve built in my yard. I finally have a yard that’s big enough to plant both a good-sized vegetable garden (this always comes before flowers for me!) and several ornamental flowering plants and I’ve been happily plotting and planning so I’m ready to go in the spring. I’ve got my native plants picked out already, based mostly on their height and their (wait for it…) attractiveness to insects. I want to have the same pretty bees, butterflies, flies, and beetles visiting my yard that I see at work! Here are the plants I’ve chosen to start with.