Welcome to the New York landscaping and flower identification guide. As a matter of state pride, it sounds reasonable to remind readers of the state’s affinity for plant life. For example, New York City self-identifies as the Big Apple. When it comes to the state as a whole, the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) stands as the official state tree. Perhaps less well known to outsiders is the fact that the rose, or any rose in the genus Rosa receives recognition as the official state flower.
The guide itself consists of reviews of selected books and pamphlets covering the topic. Each provides a variety of pictures and details covering landscape and garden topics suited to New Yorkers of all stripes. Because native flower species, along with commercially available annuals and perennials often grow in many of the USDA zones, readers interested in additional ideas are invited to click on the flowers link and explore.
New York Landscaping
New York landscaping ideas often spring from the pages of the local newspaper or the local plant nursery. A hike along any of the state’s wooded trails can be equally inspiring. The booklet New York-New Jersey Trail Conference works as a nice tree, shrub and flower guide for anyone interested in planning a new back yard landscaping scheme or updating a current landscaping layout. Readers can easily learn the difference between a Norway Maple (Acer platanoides), a Red Maple (Acer rubrum) and a Sugar Maple (Acer saccharinum) then make a back yard tree decision for themselves. The booklet covers trees, shrubs, flowering vines and more. It’s well worth a look. Best of all, it’s free by clicking the link and downloading it onto your computer.
Gardening With New York City Native Plants drills down a bit more on the topic by providing pictures and information on how any resident can brighten up their corner of the Big Apple. While it might be stereotyped as an urban jungle, the authors of the pamphlet want to remind readers,
New York City has hundreds of native species, most of which would be a gorgeous addition to any garden. These attractive plants meet every horticultural need from ground covers to lovely foliage and hardy bloomers, and all plant shapes: ferns, wildflowers, vines, shrubs, and trees. A native garden could bloom from March to November, providing year round beauty and interest.
A walk through Central Park or a local neighborhood park can compliment their learning tools covering topics such as building windowsill box or a butterfly garden. Of course the tips can work for any New York urban area from Albany to Buffalo.
Finally, for readers interested in short plant and flower reviews, Native Flowers For Gardening and Landscaping offers even more pictures and information such as soil and sun requirements, plant size and USDA zones for a handful of fowers, shrubs and grasses suited to back yards.
New York Flowers
Flowers brighten up the day, and that’s reason enough to move away from a landscaping theme and concentrating on New York flowers. Choosing the right kinds of flowers also can brighten up the breakfast, lunch and dinner tables of all New Yorkers. That’s because flowers are the food source for pollinators. The booklet Northeast Pollinator Plants is an excellent first stop resource for identifying over fifty native plants that do double duty in the yard. It provides pictures and information covering over fifty popular garden plants like the Plains Coreopsis (pictured). Browsing through the booklet, the reader will discover interesting information such as it’s a natural summer bloomer that reaches up to four feet in height. Height along with bicolor flowers make it a real eye catcher in any New York yard. Additionally, it attracts beneficial insects such as long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, and beetles.
Flower lovers might also enjoy New York Annuals. The look of the pamphlet is a bit dated with some black and white pictures. However, it provides clear and concise information covering approximately one hundred annual flowers suited to any New York garden. Information about flower color, plant size and seeds are included for each species on a line by line basis.
Gratography members can easily contribute to our flowers section. The most difficult decision might be choosing a favorite flowers category. Press any of the gray buttons at the bottom of the page to browse the wildflowers and garden flowers of the state. Register today and start posting flower pictures.