20140713-175018.jpg In July of 2013 I designed and installed an eco-friendly garden in Saratoga Springs, NY. The new, eco-friendly landscaping is mostly located in the front yard of the property, and it’s really developed into something beautiful this year. We decided to create a formal garden theme to fit the track neighborhood motif.

20140713-180008.jpg There is gorgeous Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), a NY native plant we planted last year, in bloom right now.

20140713-180527.jpg The Skullcap (Scutellaria incana) is also in bloom right now, soon to be followed by the Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) and White Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa).

20140713-181629.jpg This year there’s a noticeable increase in the presence of butterflies and songbirds on the property. This is a happy and effortless result of the addition of all these wonderful native plants into the landscape design. This property adds great ecological value to the city limits of Saratoga Springs; the eco-friendly garden that’s full of native plants will add exponentially to the local seed bank for generations out and act as a wildlife corridor for migrating birds and fulltime urban wildlife residents. As more Saratoga Springs locals pick up on the ecological trends in landscaping, our community’s habitat will just keep improving.