Those dark winter days remind you that your garden is just resting, ever awaiting the renewal of life that spring brings. If you’re up to your eyeballs looking at seed catalogs, then read this blog to find out some reputable sources on wildscaping and let your research rampage run wild!
Over the years, Habitat Hero staff and partners have researched and gathered their favorite wildscaping links and would like to share them with all of you!
1) Lauren Springer Ogden, renowned garden designer, and High Country Gardens carefully selected a collection of 15 xeric plants designed to attract and benefit songbirds, pollinators and other wildlife in the Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden. This 7’x12’ garden-in-a-box has a great variety of perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Purchase your garden now with a limited time offer: When prompted use promo code WILDSCAPE15 to receive 10% off. Coupon is good until June 30, 2015. In addition to this great offer, High Country Gardens proudly supports the mission of Audubon Rockies by donating some of the proceeds with every garden sold!
2) Betty Cahill, a local master gardener shares her struggles and triumphs in gardening around Metro Denver and writes the seasonal garden Punch List for The Denver Post.
3) Here is a very informative national blog-zine for wildscapes, plants and wildlife. The team of wildlife gardeners provide a forum from East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in between.
4) Visit Bee Safe Boulder and learn about local efforts to create pollinator safe havens by encouraging the elimination of systemic pesticides and other toxic chemicals and retailers who provide safe plants without neonicotinoids.
5) Follow David Salman, Founder & Chief Horticulturist of High Country Gardens and plant man extraordinaire!
6) Check out Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as there are over 8,000 native plants in their database coupled with user friendly search icons makes this search engine truly unbeatable: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/
They also have recommended species lists by states and other characteristics: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/
7) Receive advice and observations from your CSU Extension Horticulture Agents & Specialists:
8) Denver Botanic Gardens has a “Garden Navigator” that allows you to locate and learn about the plants within their collection. You can search over a thousand plants based on different criteria including; bloom times or specific plant features.
You can also create a personal tour by putting in certain key words or view generated tours already created by one of their staff.
9) For a timely and interesting blog check out Panayoti’s and marvel at his collection of colorful photos!
10) The National Audubon Society is committed to creating bird friendly communities by transforming our neighborhoods into places where birds flourish. Stay abreast of featured projects and news:
“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”
Our daylight hours are incrementally getting longer as we approach the summer solstice this brings promise to our awakening gardens. In the meantime, conduct some wildscaping research and set your clocks for Daylight Savings on March 7th.