by Ruth Ann Grissom
October 14, 2015
As the Chicago Cubs began their historic run in the major league baseball playoffs, I realized I had built my own field of dreams
this season – a backyard pollinator garden at my house in Charlotte – and the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds had come.
After clearing a tangle of invasive plants last winter – including ligustrum, privet, ivy and wisteria – I discovered a damp, sunny spot in my backyard. This is highly unusual in a neighborhood of hundred-year-old willow oaks where most gardeners complain of dry shade, so I thrilled at the opportunity to grow a cheery suite of natives including lobelias, liatris, joe-pye weed, hibiscus, ironweed and bee balm.