Beautiful And Beneficial Landscapes
When you plant a wide variety of plant types, including trees, conifers, shrubs, annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses and fruiting plants, and plant species from each category that flower during early to mid-spring, spring, summer and fall, a highly functioning, habitat-rich landscape is created. Be sure to plant individual flowering perennials and annuals, groundcovers, and succulents in groups of 3 or more to enhance their attractiveness to pollinators and birds. The more flowers of a single plant species that a pollinating insect or hummingbird can feed upon, without having to expend energy flying all around the yard, the better.
Make sure that the mixes of plants used in your yard include a majority of native plants, especially trees, shrubs, conifers and vines. Native plants provide essential food for moth and butterfly caterpillars upon which
songbirds depend on to feed their chicks. Native plants also provide nectar-rich flowers for native insect pollinators and foliage upon which their larvae (immature or baby insects) need to feed. Old World plants
(brought to North America from Europe, Asia, South Africa) are essential for feeding honeybees, which are also native to the Old World. Old World plants, when not an invasive species, also provide essential fruit and seeds for songbirds and other animals and insects to feed, and feed native pollinating insects and hummingbirds. We recommend a mix of 20-30% Old World Plants and 70-80% native plants for an ideal habitat-friendly landscape.
We have designed the High Country Gardens website to provide a wealth of information about the plants we offer. When shopping for plants, use the shopping filters to help to identify bloom times, so a progression of plants can be planted to provide pollen and natural nectar from early spring to fall. Plants can also be filtered by mature height, soil preference, cold hardiness, as well as pollinator preference and resistance to being eaten by damaging rabbits and deer.