Tall majestic evergreens like Picea pungens (Blue Spruce) or Pinus strobus (White Pine) covered with snow, create a winter wonderland in a backyard. You don’t need a vast array of plants to provide winter interest. Just a few well-selected plants placed in the right location will create a beautiful winterscape.
Creating a wildlife habitat at home will be trending again in 2018. With big homes on small lots, landscape designs tend to feature hardscaping (stonework) and less plant materials, there is little thought given to the needs of local wildlife. However this doesn’t have to be the case. We can create beautiful landscapes and gardens while meeting the needs of our wildlife friends. It really is a matter of choice. Select plants that produce berries and seeds, and plants that produce flowers heavy in nectar and fragrance. Adjust your plant selections to support a wildlife habitat. Many of our indigenous plants will provide food for our feathered friends. Consider Tiarella (Foamflower), Asclepias (Milkweed), Rudbeckia (Brown-eyed Susan), Echinacea (Coneflower), Monarda (Beebalm), and Geranium (Wild Geranium) as a few easy-care, low maintenance wildflowers for your summer garden.