Pictures of my garden

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Welcome to my suburban backyard. This is the mini-woodland we planted almost 20 years ago.

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Part of a perennial garden—these are asters and black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia) in August.

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A red admiral butterfly on a ninebark flower in May.

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Little bluestem, one of the most beautiful of the native prairie grasses, in August.

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Sweet joe pye weed, a species that blooms enthusiastically in part shade, always attracts butterflies when it blooms in July and August.

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And Rudbeckia attracts bees to pollinate its flowers from July through September.

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Hoary vervain produces its delicate flowers from mid July to mid August.

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Orange butterflyweed is the star of the garden in June and July, accompanied by beebalm, also called bergamot or Monarda.

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Elderberry in bloom is a delight to the senses.

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Native pachysandra mixes beautifully with ferns in dry shade.

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Native geraniums are spring ephemerals: they bloom in May and quickly disappear until the next spring. They thrive in dry shade.

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Flowering dogwood blooms exquisitely in spring. Like many understory trees, it prefers a shady site.

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Who can resist the delicate flowers of serviceberry (Amelanchier) in early spring?

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