Please don’t get me wrong. Those roadside daylilies are lovely–along the road. Just not in my garden. They are very tough plants, and that means once you’ve got them, you’re going to have to work hard to remove them. [Note, I love the chicory and queen anne’s lace too.] So why get those lilies out of the garden? One, because they do expand, taking up more and more valuable garden space. And two, because native worms and bugs don’t eat them, and we really need those bugs and worms to feed the birds that seem to be fewer and fewer. I figure I should try to adjust the balance of natives v. non-natives in my garden, since gardeners have for so long been enchanted with those beautiful ornamental exotics. I strongly recommend reading "Bringing Nature Home" by Douglas W. Tallamy. An amazing book–a paradigm shift for me.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.