It quickly became clear to us that our new Greenfield garden was very wet. In the western regions we might even say swampy for a good part of the year. I learned that Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis, is the perfect shrub for such a site. Indeed, it is sometimes used for riparian repair. Its roots at the edge of rivers and streams hold the edges in place. My buttonbush is happy in its swamp
Buttonbush has unusual spiky flowers that are fragrant. It is a native plant and attracts many species of birds and butterflies. Its needs some sun and blooms in mid-summer. A ball-like fruit will last over the winter. My beautiful buttonbush is a spready four feet tall.
Other familiar flowers begin with the letter B. There is baby’s breath, balloon flower, bellflower, black-eyed susan, blanket flower, blazing star, bachelor buttons, bleeding heart and more than I can count.
How many B plants do you have in your garden? Bee balm/bergamot attracts bees of all sorts, butterflies and hummingbirds. In our old Heath house we could see our large stand of bee balm from the dining table. What did we see? Hummingbirds! And they were hungry, but satisfied by the bee balm.