Today we’re off to New York City with Virginia Sherry, a plant lover and founder of the Staten Island nonprofit Native Plant Society.

Good Morning! The native and non-native plants in my garden are starting to bloom and the bees are coming to visit. Here are a few highlights.

Oeothera is a large genus. Some species, like this indigenous (sun drop, Oenothera fruticosa, Zones 4-8), have flowers that open during the day and are commonly called sun drops, while others open in the evening and are called evening primrose.

Bachelor button flowerNative to Europe, Bachelor key (Centaurea cyanus, annual) is also called cornflower because it used to be a common weed in grain fields. Now it is purposely grown for its beautiful flowers.

Mediterranean bellsMediterranean bells (Nectaroscordum siculum, Zones 4–8) has clusters of nodding flowers in early summer. A close relative of ornamental onions (and classified in the genus) leek by taxonomists) it smells like an onion when you crush the foliage, making it unattractive to deer, rabbits, and other pests.

Pink wood sorrelPink wood sorrel (Oxalis crassipes ‘Rosea’, zone 6-10) is a small bulb that makes a beautiful cluster of light green leaves with bright pink flowers that can be produced all summer under the right conditions. It will rest in hot, dry summers and return in fall or spring.

purple clematisA clematis vine (clematis Hybrid, large-flowered group, zones 4-11) with a huge purple flower.

Columbine flowersAn elegant columbine (Aquilegia Hybrid, zone 3-9) flower. These perennials tend to be short-lived in the garden, but they self-sow to perpetuate themselves.

purple bugleweedBugleweed (Ajuga Reptiles, Zones 3–10) are often grown primarily for their attractive, ground-covering foliage, but the flowers are also quite beautiful.

bright right rose bloomThe particularly bright orange of this rose (pink Hybrid, zone 5–10) suggests that it is the classic variety ‘Tropicana’.

Catnip flowerThese are actually the flower buds of the catnip (Nepeta racemosa, Zones 4–8), which are attractive on their own even before the purple flowers appear.

Flower of daisyDaisies (Erigeron annuus, annual) is a long-lived native annual that grows and blooms happily in all sorts of difficult locations.

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