You might not believe it, but you were born with a green thumb. It may have gone untended for a while, but it's there waiting for you to nudge it awake. Put away your theory of being a plant killer, that anything dies under your care. Forget those nagging thoughts of where your garden will live or when you'll find the time, it's there somewhere. It doesn't have to cost a fortune and you'll get more than you give. So, here are 10 tips for conquering your fear of gardening:See More
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Drought! The word itself strikes fear into the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Scarce water resources, especially in hard hit areas such as California and Texas, are making it almost impossible to maintain traditional style lawns. That's why many people are replacing their lawns with groundcovers and native plants. But for those who want a lush green lawn, here are some less-thirsty options.See More
Attract birds and butterflies to your yard.
With its lilac-like flowers in shades of red, yellow, white, and purple, the butterfly bush brings beauty to your yard in late summer, and it's a magnet for butterflies.
Dense, thorny shrubs like barberry give birds and small animals a safe place to rest. If these shrubs also provide food, in this case small berries, all the better.
Birds that prefer to build their own nests often take up residence in shade trees like this 'Crimson Queen' Norway maple. Squirrels and a variety of other wildlife thrive in and around many popular shade trees.
Dense ground covers, like this creeping juniper, provide protective cover for small birds and animals.
The purple martins attracted by this "condo-style" birdhouse will entertain you with their graceful flight as they devour annoying insects.
To attract the largest variety of wildlife to your yard, plan on providing different types of foods in several locations. For example, some birds prefer ground-level feeding locations; others would rather be several feet off the ground.
Purple coneflower, a prairie native, is a favorite of butterflies and birds. In general, plants that are native to your area are a good bet for your wildlife garden. Often, they provide food or shelter for animals, and require little or no maintenance.