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From Turfgrass to Central Florida Native Plant Landscape

CENTRAL FLORIDA This 12,000 ft² residential lot which faces a golf course was transformed from a typical builder-installed turf grass lawn into a diverse native plant landscape. All changes were made with full approval of the architectural review committee in this deed restricted community. Only two “islands” (600 ft² total) of grass remain in functional …Read more »

Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

WASHINGTON STATE, by Susan Mulvihill of Susan’s in the Garden Watch a black-chinned hummingbird sitting in a bush, then see Calliope hummingbirds visiting Bee Balm flowers. From Susan Mulvihill, Susan’s in the Garden, susansinthegarden.com. Visit Susan’s website for a list of flowers hummingbirds are attracted to!

Tennessee Native Plant Garden

DIXON, TN Tour of a native-plant garden in mid-spring. With Troy Marden for Volunteer Gardener.

Best-Performing Native Plants in my Garden

MARYLAND The 10 Best-Looking, Easy-Care Native Plants in Susan Harris’s Maryland Gardens are: Black-Eyed Susans, Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Spiderwort, Joe Pye Weed, Golden Groundsel, Amsonia, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Crossvine, Redbud. Plus 3 Bonus Plants! Excluded for lack of good photos are the fabulous shrub Ninebark and two perennials – Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’ and Little Bluestem ‘The …Read more »

Butterfly-Loving Zinnias

AUSTIN, TX, by Central Texas Gardener Pop up the summertime garden with zinnias in colors as bright as the sunshine. Trisha explains how to grow her favorites for bedding and arrangements.

Native Plants in Michigan Gardens

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Smart Gardening: Lawns and waterfronts benefit from using native plants.

“Hometown Habitat” Trailer

Hometown Habitat is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Featured is entomologist, Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the …Read more »

How to Use Trail Cameras for Backyard Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI, by Mississippi State Extension Trail cameras can be a fun, educational addition to your backyard. Dr. Adam Rohnke, Mississippi State University Extension Service wildlife biologist, shows you how to set one up. Learn more about backyard wildlife habitats at http://www.extension.msstate.edu Note from GGVideos: the cameras start at $40, and look pretty easy to operate. Good …Read more »

A Garden for Wildlife

VASHON ISLAND, WASHINGTON From Fine Gardening Magazine, for readers everywhere. Sara Van Fleet of U. Washington Seattle shows and describes her gorgeous, wildlife-friendly garden near Seattle.

Go Wild, Go Native

MINNEAPOLIS, MN By the Nature Conservancy Get Wild, Go Native! Native gardening is good for our air, our water and us. Join our “Go Native” group to learn about all of the ways you can “Get Wild” in your life! Sign up at nature.org/GoNative to receive monthly “Plant This, Not That” gardening tips and updates …Read more »

Mississippi Native Plants

MISSISSIPPI STATE EXTENSION With Dr. Gary Bachman In the woods and fields of Mississippi, there are beautiful native plants that are also right at home in our gardens and landscapes. In this state, we’re all familiar with pink indica azalea. But there are also several varieties of native azaleas, which typically begin to bloom in …Read more »

Native Plants in Late Summer

ARKANSAS By P. Allen Smith When those long hot dog days of summer roll in, I find myself looking for a shady spot and a glass of lemonade. And my garden, by this time of year, is looking for another splash of color. You know, there’s no better place to look than to the North …Read more »