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Cottage garden

Fountain area august 2
Specializing in drought tolerant and easy maintenance gardens. 
You can have a lush garden while conserving water. 

 With my "Before and After Photographic Mockup" program, I can design your garden wherever you are!

Elliot before
Garden "before"
Plan B
Garden "Mockup Design"
Its simple!  You email me ordinary digital photos of your landscape that show the area to be designed, and answer some basic questions about dimensions, amount of sun, and the type of garden you want.  I use that information and provide you with a 'photo mockup' of how the design will look, along with a detailed list of the plants in the design.  You or your gardener can work right from the photograph mockujp to do the installation (or I can also provide a drawing.)

  Drop me a note at annebirds@gmail.com to inquire about fees and details.

MOON GARDENS & WHITE GARDENS

The warm nights of summer draw us into our gardens like the luna moths who share the darkness.  This is the time of white flowers, glowing in the light of a full moon, candles, and softly lit lamps. These are 'moon gardens.'  One of the greatest pleasures of a night garden is its sweet fragrance.  Being shy in color, white flowers rely on their enchanting fragrance to attract pollinators.


The allure of an all-white garden isn't limited to the night.  The famed white garden at Sissinghurst, created by Vita Sackville-West, remains one of the most enchanting gardens of all time.

A white garden consists, of course, of white flowering plants, offset with rich green foliage.  To add a twist of contrast, some gardeners plant burgundy or chocolate leafed bushes or flowers.


Here are just some of the gorgeous creatures you can use for your own private Sissinghurst... 


NOTE:  Drought tolerant plants are marked with a "DT"
            Fragrant plants are marked with an "F"


ROSES, always


New Dawn climbing rose

Souvenir de la Malmaison, an old English rose  F
Sharif Asama, a David Austen rose   F
Pilgrim, another David Austen   F
Climbing white Iceberg rose
 

PLANTS TO ATTRACTS BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS
Chamomile
Valerian  DT

White Hebe
Salvia Apiana (White Sage)   DT,F
Salvia Waverly  DT
White Ceanothus  F, DT

                                 White Heliotrope (which smells like vanilla) F   
                        
                                  PLANTS FOR SHADE
Angel Wing Jasmine   F
Diamond Frost Euphorbia  DT
Brugmansia   F   Caution:  This plant is highly toxic



Hosta
Spring Bouquet Viburnum  F  (Berries in winter also attract birds)

South African Jasmine   F
Snowball Viburnum


White Astilbe

Marble Queen Coprosma






BURGUNDY & CHOCOLATE ACCENT PLANTS

Chocolate Chip Ajuga
Chocolate Cosmos
Blackbird Euphorbia

Schwarzkopf Aeonium  DT

Berberis (Barberry)

Cotinus.  A small ornamental tree

Phormium.  DT. There are several burgundy varieties.

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SUMMER FLOWERS

CONEFLOWERS:  GREAT FOR BUTTERFLIES AND FINCHES
I'm noticing a little flower fever going around out there.... watch out, here it comes... !!  and OUT come the garden gloves, OUT come the grunge garden clothes, OUT comes the wallet to buy all the color I can fit into my new garden...


Here are just some of the hardy, easy to maintain flowering plants I love.   Most of them are drought tolerant and attract birds, butterflies, bees, and other good critters.
PENTAS:  LONG BLOOMING PERENNIAL SHRUB-LIKE PLANT; SUPER ATTRACTIVE TO BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS

PASSIFLORA (PASSION FLOWER VINE):  VIGOROUS VINE WITH AMAZIING FLOWERS ;  THE LEAVES ARE A FOOD SOURCE FOR THE GULF FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY


SALVIA WAVERLY:  A PERENNIAL BUSH THAT  HUMMINGBIRDS  ADORE.
BUDDLEIA:  SPICY SWEET INTENSE FRAGRANCE, BUTTERFLY MAGNET,   GORGEOUS COLORS
COREOPSIS:  FLOWERS SPRING SUMMER AND FALL;  LOVED BY BUTTERFLIES, RETURNS  EVERY YEAR



MONARDA:  HARDY AND FRAGRANT AND A GOOD FOOD SOURCE FOR BEES
SWEET ALLYSUM:   HARDY AND SPREADING, SMELLS LIKE  HONEY 
LOBELIA:  DEEP INTENSE BLUE, SOFT AND CASCADING

WAXFLOWER:  A TALL, HEAVILY FLOWERING BUSH, FANTASTIC FOR CUT FLOWERS
HEBE:  A HARDY FLOWERING SHRUB IN A VARIETY OF SIZES AND COLORS;  HUMMINGBIRD AND BUTTERFLY ATTRACTOR

YARROW:  SOFT AND FERNY, NURTURES BUTTERFLIES, BEES,AND OTHER BENEFICIAL INSECTS
LAVENDER:  DOZENS OF VARIETIES; ALL GORGEOUS , FRAGRANT,  AND  GOOD FOR BEES AND HUMMINGBIRDS
TAGETES (MEXICAN MARIGOLD)  LUSH AND INTENSELY GOLD, THE FOLIAGE SMELLS LIKE JUICY FRUIT  GUM
I could go on, and on, and on... you know how that is!  HAPPY SUMMER!


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