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Native Plants and Wildlife

LSweeney_moderator | Posted in Mid-Atlantic Gardening on

I loved seeing the hummingbirds visiting the scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma) in my garden this year. Have you added any native plants to your garden and noticed some exciting visitors as a result?


  1. Zoey | | #1

    That's marvelous. With a less skilled hand in a landscaping redesign a couple of years ago and in the making, I've added native plants accidentally and recently, used the PA .gov design for a hummingbird/butterfly native garden. Planted a few months ago near mailboxes at the bottom of our hill. Neighbors commented on how excited they are, so mild pressure here. lol. Drove to the middle of nowhere to find a lovely couple selling all sorts of the plants on the menu. I cannot wait. My first year into landscaping and gardening during the pandemic, I had several hummingbird encounters and was blown away. One sat on the palm of my hand. I will post when and if I have visitors to my garden.

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      LSweeney_moderator | | #2

      Looking forward to hearing about who shows up!

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    Chloe_Moderator | | #3

    I'm not sure they're exciting, but I love seeing the pretty metallic green sweat bees in the native cactus flowers. They definitely prefer that flower to any other in the garden. I also like watching the various mountain mint species because they're always loud with all manner of bees and wasps. And then there's butterflyweed! Endlessly entertaining.

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