A Natural Garden

Button bush and ironweed in a natural garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Button bush and ironweed in a natural setting (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Do you have a spot on your property that’s sort of “Blah”? Perhaps it’s a little wet or in a difficult place to mow, so it always tends to look messy and unkempt. Or, you may simply have an area that you would like to turn back over to nature, creating a place that you don’t have to spend much time tending but will look attractive and invite lots of birds, bees and butterflies. Over the years, I have slowly returned portions of my landscape to the wild, which has resulted in some of the most beautiful (and frequently visited) areas of my property. [Read more…]

Spicy Girl

Early flower of Lindera benzoin in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Early flower of Lindera benzoin (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

When I decided to incorporate more natives into the landscape, Lindera benzoin, commonly known as spice bush, was one of the first shrubs I introduced to my gardens. An early bloomer in my Connecticut garden, it is usually covered in tiny clusters of pale, greenish yellow bud-like flowers from late March through early April.  Named for the spicy fragrance (sort of citrusy) emitted from its bark and crushed leaves, this member of the laurel family is native to eastern North America (zones 4-9) and often seen as an understory shrub within moist woodlands. [Read more…]

A Garden for All