We’re back today in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where Chris has, over the past few years, transformed his mostly empty yard into a lush, beautiful garden.
Chris poses with his huge stand of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual). These are so easy to grow, so beautiful, and so great for local wildlife.
Beautiful marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual) line the walkway. It’s hard to beat marigolds for easy color all summer long. They have no serious pests or diseases, are a North American native, are easy to grow from seed, and are just beautiful.
Farther down the walk we see delicate clouds of purple petunias and a towering Datura (annual) with large, white, trumpet-shaped blooms.
A study in pink, with a huge hardy hibiscus taking center stage
A cute little salamander checks out the garden. Amphibians such as salamanders and frogs are often very sensitive to pesticides, as they easily absorb chemicals through their skin. Seeing them thriving in a garden is a good sign that it is a safe place for native wildlife.
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