I think of my garden as a collaborative dance with nature and I am always looking for ways to be a better dance partner.
My garden is exactly one square foot smaller than the maximum allowed in the HOA rules so I was loathe to use valuable garden space for non-edible plants. Instead I decided to make flower beds around the pines and larger sweet gumballs that occupy the back 1/3 of my yard.
When selecting what flowers to grow, I tried to stick with varieties that are native to this area to be low maintenance, have something blooming from spring through fall and hopefully be just like mom’s cooking to the wild pollinators.
Lucky for me this includes Lily of the Valley and Balsam (below, pink) with Canterbury Bells and Candytuft (below, purple) being naturalized.
I am trying to encourage nature by giving it what it needs, then mostly staying out of the way while it grows delicious food.