Garden Restoration Project
This site was actually a two-part project, with the garden restoration taking place in spring 2021. For this garden we removed all non-native and invasive species (re-homing the ones that were not problematic to other gardens in the yard.) All of the periwinkle had to be carefully dug up, and will need ongoing management. We then amended the soil, built a border with logs found on the property, and planted: Dense Blazing Star, Turtlehead, Oswego Tea (Red Bergamot), Pearly Everlasting.
These plants will give gorgeous hues of purple, magenta, and white!
The second part of this project happened in the fall of 2021. Our clients wanted less unproductive lawn and more pollinator garden action! We cleared out a plot about 8" x 15", took up the lawn, turned and amended the soil, built another border out of reclaimed logs found on the property, and then planted: Hairy Beardtongue, Wild Columbine, White Yarrow, Pearly Everlasting, Common Milkweed, Foxglove Beardtongue, Wild Bergamot, Hoary Vervain, Meadow Sundrop, Sweet Oxeye, Green-Headed Coneflower, Obedient Plant, Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Side Oats Gamma.
While planting for this project we encountered TWO different caterpillars on their host plants! An American Lady caterpillar (left) and a Monarch caterpillar (right) were spotted on their host plants, Pearly Everlasting and Swamp Milkweed, respectively. It is pretty amazing to see the impact of these plants on wildlife as you're planting them! This felt like a great sign of all of the butterflies that will call this garden home.