Urban Front Yard
The dense inner suburbs of Boston don't have large yards, but even a small one can offer a huge diversity of plants and micro-habitats: a "stepping stone" for pollinators traveling between larger natural areas. Once a rocky and infertile construction zone, this Somerville yard is now full of purples, yellows, blues, and all shades of green. There's even a miniature rain garden. The palette includes native irises, golden groundsel, ferns, violets, heuchera, and early-spring wood poppies.