Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Things to do in 2010: Part 2

This probably should be #1 on my list: Finish the landscaping around our house.

Accomplishing this task will involve moving several tons of large landscape boulders, moving several tons of dirt and gravel, building two rock walls, building two retaining walls near our creek, and selecting and planting all the plants and flowers.

I'm going to get a head start on things now by finalizing the list of plants and flowers. One of my goals in selecting the plants, besides choosing things that will thrive in the various locations around the house, is to select plants that will benefit hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees and other pollinators.

High Country Gardens does a great job of highlighting plants for this purpose. Here are a few that I really like:

Agastache neomexicana (New Mexico hummingbird mint)

Dalea purpureum (purple prairie clover)

Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' (hybrid orange coneflower)

Penstemon mexicali 'Red Rocks' (red rocks hybrid beardtongue)

Lavandula intermedia 'Alba' (white flowered French lavender)

I'd also love to get some of the gorgeous roses from David Austin Roses. In particular, I'm looking for some white or light pink climbing roses for two areas around our house. I love these!

Iceberg climbing rose

Generous gardener climbing

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