Sloped Garden for Hummingbirds and other Pollinators

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Shrubs, perennials and groundcovers of a sloped bed in sun to part shade. Most of these attract hummingbirds, butterflies or other pollinators.

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Daphne Odora - Evergreen that blooms in winter. May need to prune this shrub to keep it within the confines of the bed.

Plants for Winter Interest

An important goal of a garden designer is to design gardens that will provide year-round interest. This is a simple task if one can identify and use plants that bloom in each season of the year. While it is easy to choose plants during their growing season as we can clearly see the plant's form, foliage and flower, it is sometimes tougher to find those plants that will make strong additions to the garden while dormant. There are many hardy garden plants that can provide plenty of interest…

Daphne Odora - Evergreen that blooms in winter. May need to prune this shrub to keep it within the confines of the bed.

Plants for Winter Interest

An important goal of a garden designer is to design gardens that will provide year-round interest. This is a simple task if one can identify and use plants that bloom in each season of the year. While it is easy to choose plants during their growing season as we can clearly see the plant's form, foliage and flower, it is sometimes tougher to find those plants that will make strong additions to the garden while dormant. There are many hardy garden plants that can provide plenty of interest…

FRONT LEFT: Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo) - variable sizes, low water and care, doesn't attract many polilnators. Evergreen leaves. Sun and part shade.

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Red Dogwood is an excellent choice if you want to create some interest in the garden during snowy winter months.

Arctic Fire® Red - Red-Osier Dogwood - Cornus stolonifera

Arctic Fire® Red dogwood has beautiful red stems and a compact habit and is at its in the winter sunlight. This dwarf variety reaches just 3-5' feet rather than the 8-10' of conventional red-twig dogwood. Its smaller size makes this variety a great breakthrough for smaller gardens or residential landscapes. Tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions. Plant a few extra to use in winter arrangements and holiday dècor! Native to North America.Top reasons to grow Arctic Fire® red-twig…

Sword fern (Polystichum munitum)

Sword Fern

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' (Japanese windflower) - fall blooming!

Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' Japanese windflower from North Creek Nurseries

Silver Sword Azalea- low mounding azalea offers large dark pink flowers on variegated white foliage, 2-3 ft. tall and wide. Evergreen. Blooms april-may.

Silver Sword Azalea

Vivid bright pink flowers age to red and practically smother the variegated foliage in early spring. Unique deep green leaves have narrow creamy yellow margins. An excellent foundation plant or low border hedge along walkways. Evergreen.

Show us this Inspiration Board on your mobile device or bring your customized printed plant list (available at our Info Booth) to the cashiers to redeem your discount.

Show us this Inspiration Board on your mobile device or bring your customized printed plant list (available at our Info Booth) to the cashiers to redeem your discount.

Ceanothus 'Dark Star' drought tolerant evergreen shrub grows 5' high  wide, intense blue flowers in spring, beloved by bees. Great for top of slope or foundation shrub. Easy to prune to size.

The Ruth Bancroft Garden; Part 2, the garden

When I first met JJ , and we were comparing notes on our Agave collections, she was adamant that I must visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden. So...

Mahonia x media 'Charity' | evergreen. 5'w x 10'h (larger if not pruned). Dramatic sprays of yellow flowers in winter, attractive to hummingbirds. Dark berries by summer. Woodland shrub for partial shade.

danger garden

Early last spring I started Melothria scabra seeds (aka Mexican Sour Gherkins). I'd never grown them but was excited to give it a go. Then in late May I happened upon a 4" container of the plant at Cornell Farm Nursery. It was significantly larger than my seed grown plants and so, as insurance, I snapped it up. All the vines became intertwined as summer progressed but once I made my final harvest (below), and cut back the plants, it was obvious the store bought plant was still much larger…

'Flaming Silver' Pieris has silvery variegated leaves to compliment its glowing new leaves and white flowers. Grows 4-5' H x 3-4' wide. Sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil.

Pieris 'Flaming Silver' - lily-of-the-valley shrub

Buy Pieris 'Flaming Silver' lily-of-the-valley shrub: Compact evergreen for acid soil with red young leaves

Fuchsia 'California', a perennial, deciduous shrub grows to 2' H & W. Salmon/cerise red flowers appear from July to frost, tempting any nearby hummingbirds. Best in sun or partial shade, moist, well-drained soil.

The Hardy Fuchsias - Pacific Northwest

It is said that people who love fuchsias, really love them.

Grosso spike lavender forms a mound of fragrant, silvery green foliage 1-2' high & wide. Rich violet flowers shoot up to 3' in July-Aug. Best when you prune back hard after blooming.

Grosso spike lavender forms a mound of fragrant, silvery green foliage 1-2' high & wide. Rich violet flowers shoot up to 3' in July-Aug. Best when you prune back hard after blooming.

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' (or similar 'Mariposa Blue') - these beautiful purple/blue flowers are bountiful and bloom through summer, drawing hummingbirds and other pollinators. Deciduous perennial for full sun.

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' (or similar 'Mariposa Blue') - these beautiful purple/blue flowers are bountiful and bloom through summer, drawing hummingbirds and other pollinators. Deciduous perennial for full sun.