Today’s photos are from Chris.
I am from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where I run a homeless outreach non-profit and offer plants and seedlings from the garden in exchange for donations. Our website is https://BDAOutreach.org to find out more!
I’ve been working on turning my side yard into one huge garden for four or five years total now. We had some nonnative pines in this spot; they all died, so I started one bed at a time. I go heavy with native pollinators and perennials but also plenty of ornamentals. There’s enough room for everything here!
Lush plants now fill the area, like these huge hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus hybrids, Zones 5–9) derived from native species that boast huge flowers and beautiful foliage.
The gardener’s best friend on a brick walkway through the garden
Along with all the plantings in the ground, containers of houseplants outside for a summer vacation are lined up along the walk. Putting houseplants outside for the summer—taking care to move them into bright sun gradually so the leaves don’t burn—is a great, easy way to help them thrive.
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual) are North American natives and are easy to grow from seed. As you can see if you look closely here, they’re big hits with bees and other pollinators, and then turn into living bird feeders as the seeds mature.
A bumblebee enjoys the nectar and pollen on the zinnias.
Containers of petunias (Petunia hybrids, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) add extra pops of color to the garden.
Chris sent in so many great photos that we’re going to come back and see more of his garden tomorrow.
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