Hummingbird- Friendly Plants

If you’re interested in attracting hummingbirds to your property without using a feeder, keep in mind that they visit plants with lots of blooms and nectar. Red flowers are helpful, but they aren’t a necessity. You might want to try planting some of the

se around your landscape:

Shrubs:

  • Butterflybush
  • Trumpet vine
  • Summersweet

Perennials:

    •  Bleeding heart
    •  Butterflyweed
    •  Beardtongue
    •  Daylily
    •  Bee balm
    •  Cardinal flower
    •  Coral bells
    •  Delphinium
    •  Foxglove (bi-annual)
    •  Hollyhock (bi-annual)

Annuals:

  •  Impatiens
  •  Nasturtium
  •  Salvia
  •  Spider flower
  •  Snapdragon
  •  Morning glory
  •  Petunia
  •  Flowering tobacco

Hummingbirds are a delight to watch, and common North American species can beat their wings up to 53 times per second!

Getting Cool-Season Color from Perennials

Fall is just around the corner, if not already here, and it’s the perfect time for perennials! Tree and shrub leaves aren’t the only source of fall color. With late-blooming perennials, your landscape can still be a sight to behold this fall. Here are jut a few colorful varieties to consider for your property:

Black-Eyed Susan

Striking yellow, blooms from early summer through fall. Grows in full sun to partial shade.

Hardy Mum

These bloom in every color but blue starting in early September up to mid- October.

Prefers full sun.

Joe Pye Weed

These are attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds, with dusty rose to mauve blooms in late summer and early fall.

Russian Sage

Lavender-blue flowers from mid-summer through fall. They are easy to grow (tolerant of poor soil and dry conditions).

Aster

Dark lavender and purple blooms from late summer into fall. Can reach up to 5’ in height.

Used alone or in combination, each of these perennials will make an eye-catching addition to your fall landscape.

Annuals Versus Perennials

When it comes to annuals and perennials they are quite similar. Each type of flower has its own characteristics. So when deciding here are some pointers:

  • Annuals are flowers that last for one growing season. After the first frost they are done growing. Some examples of annuals are marigolds, impatiens and petunias. Annuals tend to bloom from spring until autumn and then they are done for the season. Although they only last for one season they are sure to turn heads, they are ostentatious and a great accent to your landscape. Their colorful appeal makes them a popular choice.
  • Perennials are flowers that can last for a long time. They will continue to appear in your landscape year after year which can make your gardening quite simple once spring comes around. Perennials are not as bright and showy as annuals but there are still beautiful options to choose from. For example, daylilies, hosta, black-eyed Susan and peonies are well know perennials.

If you are baffled which type of flower you would like to plant you can always make things easy and plant both! Together they make a stunning landscape. By having both flowers you can get the extraordinary color of annuals and the convenience of perennials! Good luck!

Perennial Gardens

Perennials

   

One of my favorite times of the year is the Spring.  During the spring months, the perennial gardens start to show their colors….bulbs are emerging, flowers are blooming, and foliage is just WOW.   Notice the tulips surrounded by the Hosta….and speaking of Hosta, can you see the different varieties?  It’s simply gorgeous!   

Then, when I turn around, BANG…..I’m smacked in the face with a HUGE, BLOOMING Lilac!  And if that wasn’t enough….the entire setting is surrounded by water.    

Another benefit to Perennial gardens is that they are usually planted (and grow) so tight that they tend to crowd out weeds, keeping maintenance to a minimum.  occasionally dividing a plant or two, helps fill in any voids that may appear.    

For more information on planting a perennial garden like this, contact Emil Yedowitz Landscaping Solutions at 914-377-9039.