Pitchforks (and hydrant wrenches) aloft!
Flower Power! We are neighbors who are interested in bringing some botanical beauty to the bike-lane
tree pits so we have persuaded the city to allow us to garden there unimpeded. Anyone is welcome to
join at any level of involvement. There are no dues and no formal meetings; Just a desire to keep
Chelsea tree-lined and flower-filled. Join us!
Hardy flowers and plants
Try to throw in a few native plants and flowers for our birds and bees! And remember: nothing too tall and nothing woody that will compete with the tree. Put less valuable plants on the corners and edges (dog pee--need I say more?). Annuals from seed: Cosmos***, California Poppy, Marigolds **, Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)***, Sunflowers **, Sweet Alyssum, Zinnias, Annuals: Bachelor Buttons, Begonias (not for too much direct sun), Dusty Miller, Larkspur, Nasturtium, Pansies, Petunias**, Portulaca, Snapdragons (biennal), Verbena, Vinca, Perennials: Wood Asters (native varieties), Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)***, Cat Mint (Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’), Coreopsis*** (native), Dianthus (carnation), Gaillardia (Blanket Flower), Goldenrod, Hollyhock (biennial), Ironweed, Lavender, Liatris (Gay Feather), Liriope (Lily Turf), Oregano (Origanum), Oenothera (Evening Primrose, Sundrop), Roses (mini or small), Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)***, Salvia (Sage – all kinds, including culinary)***, Sedum, Shasta daisy, Sneezeweed, Stella D’oro daylily, Thyme, Grasses: (good for the corners and high-traffic areas) Blue Sea Oats, Blue Fescue, Hairgrass, Broom sedge, Switchgrass, Little bluestem (look for drought tolerant natives), Bulbs: Alliums (Flowering Onions), Crocuses, Daffodils, Lillies, Muscari (Grape Hyacinth), Water Lily Tulips (T. kaufmanniana),