NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — When looking at ways to add summer color in your garden my thoughts go back to a visit at a California vineyard last summer. While on a family vacation we took a tour of the Benziger Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma.
The Benziger family runs an organic operation utilizing a century-old German technique of incorporating “flower oasis” spots across the vineyard. There are many other aspects to their organic technique but the flowers stuck with me. Up to then I used every bit of my garden space to things I could eat and was hesitant to give up what little growing space I had to something I couldn’t bring to my table.READ MORE: Public Utility Commission Grills ERCOT Over Its Call For Texans To Conserve Energy This Week
Why would a top shelf winery surrender valuable grow space to flowers? When you take a tour of the winery all this is explained. The 1/8 acre spots are spread across the 36 acres of vine. They are used to bring in beneficial insects to keep insect pest populations in check. I immediately though of my garden and its near complete lack of ornamental flowers. When I got home I started to plan the introduction of flowers in a few strategic places in my backyard vegetable, herb and fruit garden.
I already had herbs so I had some flowers. But when I added a butterfly garden my flower collection “blossomed”. I now have three “flower oasis” spots in my small backyard and have noticed the fewer bug problems on my plants this growing season.READ MORE: Feds Warn Against Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards
The story that ran highlights a mere three examples of some great summer color for your garden. I want to emphasize that there are really dozens of flowering plants you can add to your garden, TOO many to go over in one short piece on the subject. I ones I did show however are proven winners and BIG. I plan to try all three in my garden.
For a more extended list on flowers that provide summer color here is a great resource that I constantly go to. This is a list of “Superstars” in the Texas landscape. All the plants listed here are proven to perform well in our local environment and most require very little maintenance and water. I rarely buy a plant outside of this list.MORE NEWS: Tarrant County Issues Warning About Expedited Passport Scams
There is something very satisfying of going into your backyard and seeing bees and butterflies feasting on what you have provided them. When you see a healthy population of pollinators in your yard you can be assured that your pest control population is on site and working for you. And on my table at home? Periodically, a lovely flower bouquet picked from my backyard by my wife. Love the color.