|Slipper Bark Elm Spring and Fall|
|Viburnum rufidulum aka Rusty Blackhaw|
Supporting Players in the garden~Each has many wildlife visitors
Hydrangea arborecens sps and cultivars 'Ryan Gainey' White 'Dome'
Rhododendron periclymenoides (Pinxterbloom Azalea)
Juniperus virginica 'Grey Owl'
|Cotinus 'Grace' and Cercis canadensis|
My little ecosystem is a hybrid crossing of a cedar glade woodland, with Central Basin natives and the unique characteristics of this place I call Clay and Limestone. There's no way C and L would ever be confused with a naturally occurring ecosystem, it's an artificial construct that I weed (occasionally), prune, add and subtract plants, and delight and despair over.
PS. Want to learn more about the wildlife value of trees, shrubs and forbs? Check out Doug Tallamy's research on Lepidopteran Use of Native & Alien Ornamental Plants and do a web search using the phrase "wildlife value of native trees and shrubs".
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.