My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
indeed, I have a goodly heritage. Psalm 16:6
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sourwoods and Blueberries
This bed is anchored by two sourwood trees, both still very small. They do not transplant well after they get big so the best approach is to plant small and wait. It's filled in with Sunshine Blue blueberries, a southern highbush cultivar that is supposed to top out at about 4 feet. They are especially attractive with blue/green foliage, hot pink flowers, tasty fruit and great fall color.
I live and garden in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
In 2000 I bought a house on a very ordinary .4 acre subdivision lot. It was a demonstration project for landscaping mistakes that had had 30+ years to mature. I spent two years ripping out overgrown evergreens and since then have been replanting with flowering, fruiting things, many of them east coast native plants.
My interest in planting for wildlife began as an attempt to create an enriched environment for the cats but has developed into a belief that plants in the landscape should earn their keep by providing food or shelter for someone, man or beast.
These are several of the things that inspired me to reduce the size of my lawn and give more space to native trees and shrubs: