Bright Lane Gardens Blog

Gardening, landscaping, and more on Northern Michigan living.

Bright Lane Gardens Blog

Gardening, landscaping, and more on Northern Michigan living.

  • A female American Robin perched in a native tree with berries in the winter.

Planting Native Plants To Attract Birds

There are several native plant species that provide a one-stop-shop for our local birds. Native plants help to provide shelter and building materials for our flying friends, which offer ideal nesting sites for many bird species. Above all, native plants are hosts to an abundant source of food!

  • Monarch Caterpillar on Swamp Milkweed by Larkin Kinsella

Benefits Of Michigan Native Plants

Planting native has been a popular topic in recent years. But does it really live up to the hype? The answer is absolutely! From providing habitat and essential food for animals, to their show-stopping blooms, native plants bestow a host of benefits for your backyard and beyond.

  • Monarch butterfly perched on a bright orange butterfly weed bloom.

Growing Native Plants In Northern Michigan

In the past, landscaping and flower gardens were built around non-native ornamental plants with the sole purpose of looking beautiful. Now, however, there is a movement to shift our gardens back to native plants that can look beautiful and improve the overall health of our ecosystem.

  • Long raspberry cane with many raspberries hanging from it ranging from black to red in color. Cane has some green leaves on it and there are several other plants in the background.

Raspberry Growing Guide

There are a few varieties that have been bred to perform well despite Northern Michigan’s weather trends. If you plant a hardy raspberry variety and combine that with the proper soil amendments and care, you’ll be rewarded with a highly fruitful plant that will provide abundant harvests for years to come.

  • A mix of fresh blueberries and raspberries resting in a large, blue bowl.

Grow Your Own Berries In Northern Michigan

A wide variety of berries grow quite well in Northern Michigan. Our sandy soil is mixed with rich nutrients from the lakeshore and the forests, combining to make the ideal medium for growing berries.

  • Several large, ripe blueberries shown on a mature blueberry plant with bright green leaves.

Choosing The Right Blueberry Variety To Grow

Blueberry plants like it here in Northern Michigan. They are a popular, easy to grow fruit that can be a wonderful addition to any backyard. Choosing the right blueberry variety to grow in your space is key to having a large fruit harvest at the end of the season.

  • Four blueberries in different stages of growth on the pink stem of a blueberry plant.

Blueberry Growing Guide

Blueberries are a specialized plant that require specific soil and climate conditions to successfully grow. Fortunately, Northern Michigan has ideal growing conditions for most varieties of blueberries. You do not need to have a green thumb to grow blueberries (we promise)!

  • A female American Robin perched in a native tree with berries in the winter.

Planting Native Plants To Attract Birds

There are several native plant species that provide a one-stop-shop for our local birds. Native plants help to provide shelter and building materials for our flying friends, which offer ideal nesting sites for many bird species. Above all, native plants are hosts to an abundant source of food!

  • Monarch Caterpillar on Swamp Milkweed by Larkin Kinsella

Benefits Of Michigan Native Plants

Planting native has been a popular topic in recent years. But does it really live up to the hype? The answer is absolutely! From providing habitat and essential food for animals, to their show-stopping blooms, native plants bestow a host of benefits for your backyard and beyond.

  • Monarch butterfly perched on a bright orange butterfly weed bloom.

Growing Native Plants In Northern Michigan

In the past, landscaping and flower gardens were built around non-native ornamental plants with the sole purpose of looking beautiful. Now, however, there is a movement to shift our gardens back to native plants that can look beautiful and improve the overall health of our ecosystem.

  • Long raspberry cane with many raspberries hanging from it ranging from black to red in color. Cane has some green leaves on it and there are several other plants in the background.

Raspberry Growing Guide

There are a few varieties that have been bred to perform well despite Northern Michigan’s weather trends. If you plant a hardy raspberry variety and combine that with the proper soil amendments and care, you’ll be rewarded with a highly fruitful plant that will provide abundant harvests for years to come.

  • A mix of fresh blueberries and raspberries resting in a large, blue bowl.

Grow Your Own Berries In Northern Michigan

A wide variety of berries grow quite well in Northern Michigan. Our sandy soil is mixed with rich nutrients from the lakeshore and the forests, combining to make the ideal medium for growing berries.

  • Several large, ripe blueberries shown on a mature blueberry plant with bright green leaves.

Choosing The Right Blueberry Variety To Grow

Blueberry plants like it here in Northern Michigan. They are a popular, easy to grow fruit that can be a wonderful addition to any backyard. Choosing the right blueberry variety to grow in your space is key to having a large fruit harvest at the end of the season.

  • Four blueberries in different stages of growth on the pink stem of a blueberry plant.

Blueberry Growing Guide

Blueberries are a specialized plant that require specific soil and climate conditions to successfully grow. Fortunately, Northern Michigan has ideal growing conditions for most varieties of blueberries. You do not need to have a green thumb to grow blueberries (we promise)!