Love hummingbirds? There are many different flowering plants you can add to your garden or balcony to attract and nourish these beautiful birds. Have a look at the suggestions and see what would work in your yard. Hummingbirds, like bees and butterflies,
Prune Red Twig Dogwood~Remove about a third of the stems at ground level every year. Cut out old, weak stems as well as well as those that are damaged, discolored, or growing poorly. This method of pruning keeps the color bright and the shrub vigorous. Cut back the entire shrub to 9 inches above the ground if it becomes overgrown or out of control. This is a good way to quickly renew the plant, but it leaves a bare spot in the landscape until it regrows.
Russian sage is sometimes used as a substitute for lavender, in conditions not conducive to growing that fragrant herb. This tall plant is well worth growing in its own right, though: http://landscaping.about.com/od/colorfulflowers/ig/lavender-flowers/russian_sage_lavender_large.htm
Perennials Made Easy! How To Create Amazing Gardens
Haha, I think this Perennials Made Easy post was written just for me! My gardens are SO boring, and I've been wanting to learn how to spruce them up, so this is perfect timing. So many amazing tips in this post, I can't wait to go plant shopping!
Vying for the honor of "first bulb plant to bloom in spring": it was a tie between my crocuses (http://landscaping.about.com/od/floweringbulbs/p/crocus_bulbs.-9cU.htm) and snowdrops (http://landscaping.about.com/od/perennialflowers/p/snowdrops.htm). They both opened for the first time on March 31 in my New England garden after the LONG winter!