3 Summer Gardening Ideas You’ll Love For Your Maryland Home

Your Neighbors In Maryland Are Beautifying Their Gardens For Summer With These Ideas

Summer is coming and most people want their yard to be unique and amazing. Others are just looking for something new to do. In this post, you’ll find 3 ideas great for summer gardening (we hope you like butterflies!)

Summer? Already?!

“You know I like to plan ahead,” says Shane defensively.

Emma smiles and gives his shoulder a friendly nudge. “I know, I know, I just like teasing ya. So, you’re looking up summer gardening ideas? Is this part of your summer gardening checklist?”

Shane smiles and nods. “It is now that you remind me I have that checklist. Figured we should do something different for our garden this summer. Make it a little more exciting and challenging. Want to see what I’ve found so far?”

“Of course!” says Emma excitedly. “Don’t get me wrong, I love surprises, but right now my curiosity is taking over.”

Here’s what Shane shows Emma:

3 Summer Gardening Ideas For Maryland Homes

1. Sustainable Landscaping

Black eyed susans are great drought resistant plants

People love our planet. We recognize that we need to do more to take care of it, which is why there’s such a big movement towards sustainability. Maryland homeowners are choosing:

  • Drought-resistant plants to use less water
  • Potted plants to add more green and feed more pollinators
  • Composting to create natural fertilizers
  • Rainwater harvesting as another source of water

These sustainable choices can also save you some money here and there. Sounds like a win-win!

2. Plants That Attract Butterflies

Monarch butterfly on coneflower

Whenever butterflies appear it’s like some magical creature just fluttered into view. You can make it happen more often by planting certain plants like:

  • Violets
  • Pickerelweeds
  • Asters
  • Coneflowers

There are hundreds of species of butterflies in the US, and the right plants could bring a few of them into your yard. Some of these also attract hummingbirds and bees.

3. Decorative Edibles

Close up of blackberries

There’s no feeling like picking delicious food right from your own garden. The best part is you don’t have to be an expert gardener to grow them! 

  • Rhubarb (for pies!) to replace a common perennial with showy leaves
  • Loose-leaf lettuce instead of annual front-of-border foliage
  • Blueberries instead of a semi-evergreen shrub

Skip a trip to the grocery store and shop in the bounty of your backyard.

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“I love these ideas! The edibles sound delicious, gonna have to start making pies again,” says Emma excitedly. Shane’s eyes start shining. “Pie time again? YES! Ok, now we have to see what else we can find on this blog. Might find more goodies that lead to stuff like pie.”

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