A Late-Summer Wildlife Retreat. Birds and other friendly creatures will find this late-season garden irresistible. The birdbath offers water, while plants such as black-eyed Susan and sedum provide food for both birds and butterflies when many plants are slowing down. Garden size: 16 by 10 feet.
Hawthorn Hawthorn announces early summer with its sprays of white flowers. Pollinators such as bees and butterflies love the blooms. Then in late summer and fall, it attracts birds with its small red fruits. The orange-red autumn color adds another layer of appeal. Name: Crataegus crus-galli Size: To 25 feet tall and 30 feet wide Zones: 4-7
I love my witch hazel bush in my Missouri garden. It's beautiful throughout the year. The leaves have a pretty shape. It blooms with tiny flowers even before the spring. And the yellow foliage in the fall is really gorgeous. Zone 5 should be fine for this one. Give this guy plenty of room. Mine is about 10 feet tall after 10 years. They can grow to 30 feet high, says the website--and 15 feet wide. Mine is in part shade, and it thrives there.
"Not only do rocks in the landscape provide a beneficial micro-climate for good garden bugs and your plants, from a design perspective they offer transition between the architecture of your home and garden." From Rob Moore at the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens blog.