Let's Meet Nature Half Way
Imagine a world where access to beautiful nature is at your doorstep.
With increasing pressure on the environment due to intensive development and many of us using our yards as “outdoor living rooms” it’s crucial we give back as much as we can to nature. We create rich meadows and flowering lawns for butterflies and bees, ponds for dragonflies and pocket woodlands for birds.
Our gardens are not just healthier, more dynamic landscapes but they also demand far less work. They flourish without the traditional mowing and blowing, injections of pesticides, irrigation and fertilizers and are better able to cope on their own. At the same time, this kind of gardening turns the landscape from a consumer of resources and polluter into a source of carbon sequestration, environmental renewal, and ark for wildlife.
“In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water.”
- Doug Tallamy
If a tree dies in your yard and no one is around to make it fall, does it make a sound? Yes! The sound of chicks peeping, birds singing, animals scurrying.
Most people know exactly what a snag is, even if they don’t know it by that name. A snag is simply a standing dead or partially-dead tree. While some people may view them as hazardous or untidy, snags are actually quite important to wildlife. Many animals make their homes in or on snags, including birds, bats, small mammals, snakes, and invertebrates. Snags are extremely important structural elements for wildlife, and may make up the entire habitat of some creatures, like insects. They quickly become favored nesting spots for birds, preferred perches for raptors. There is always something happening at the snags
Angelenos lead the nation in the creativity and diversity of our architecture, our fashion, our tech.
So, why do we continue to dump fertilizers and pesticides around our homes in a desperate attempt to look like one another? To look like suburban Ohio? We can do better!
One of the things we encourage homeowners to do is just to loosen up the landscape. Be less worried about the landscape. Part of that is letting go a little bit.
There are few plants more visually arresting in a shady garden when grouped together than California native coral bells. We find this aesthetic an optimally compelling complement to natural and classic landscapes.
Coral bells produce delightful blooms that brighten up any shady area. The blooms featured here are a favorite food source for hummingbirds and the foliage stays green year round.