Native Southwest Songbird Garden
Easily create songbird habitat with this Native Songbird Garden for the Southwest with sixteen native plants. It contains (1) plant each of Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition', Muhlenbergia dubia, Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation', Sorghastrum nutans 'Thin Man', Chamaebatiaria millifolium, Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton, Chysothamnus nauseosus La Plata, Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Kannah Creek', Philadelphus microphylla 'Desert Snow', Prunus besseyi Pawnee Buttes, Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Liatris punctata, Monarda fistulosa, Solidago sp. 'Wichita Mountains', Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla and Zauschneria canum var. arizonica Sky Island Orange. The Pre-Planned Garden comes with a planting diagram and maintenance instructions. The plants in this garden are cold hardy in USDA zones 5-9. (Note: we reserve the right to substitute another regionally suitable plant should any of the listed varieties be unavailable.)
|Common Name||Native Southwest Songbird Garden|
|Botanical Name||Native Southwest Songbird Garden|
|Zones||6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to mid fall|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Introduction|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)
Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)
Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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