Even with the oppressive heat and humidity we're experiencing in the Middle South, it's not too late to add a few annuals to the porch or patio. The sun loving bees, butterflies and other pollinators will appreciate the pollen and nectar.
|somethings noshing on my Susans!|
As you're wandering the nursery and checking out the sales~ go ahead~take a chance on the fading Verbena bonariensis...You can dead head it for more bloom or let it go to seed.
Sure the lantana isn't looking so hot; but, trust me, it will perk up with care and will continue to bloom until frost. The last butterflies will thank you by stopping by for a bit of nectar.
Look for perennials that make sense in your garden; that provide pollen/nectar; or, are host plants for pollinators.
I bought three more Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy' at a big box store yesterday. I don't care if they don't make it through the winter or that they're seedlings might not breed true. What's more important to me is how very popular they are with the littlest pollinators and garden visitors right now. Plus, they look spectacular massed by the front door. I just planted them in a container and keep them watered. Easy peasy!
So go shopping for plants! Take your time, look around, see what's available. You'll be surprised at the quality of many of the sale plants. They aren't all root bound or dried up. With a little tlc the annuals will rebloom and the perennials will be ready for fall planting.
PS I know, I've written this before~ If you want to attract bees and other pollinators to your garden:
- plant large swathes of pollinator friendly, nectar and pollen producers
- plant host plants~don't stop at nectar and pollen plants
- plan for bloom from late spring to early winter.
- bee sure to include water
- provide nesting sites for a variety of visitors, some bare ground (ix-nay on the plastic landscape cloth) and decaying logs and even special bee houses
In case you want to read earlier pollinator posts~
Now Is The Time To Bee-gin Thinking About Bees ( here)
This Is The Place To Bee ( here)
If You Could Plant Only One Plant In Your Garden~Don't (here)
Must Bee The Season of The Witch (here)
Go Bare In Your Garden (here)
We can't All Be Pretty Pollinators (here)
Eye, Eye Skipper, Big Eyed Pollinators (here)
What's In Your Gardenhere)
Royalty In The Garden(here)
Carpenter Bees (here)
It's Spring and A Gardener's Thoughts Are On Pollinators (here)
The Wildflower and The Bee (here)
A Few Good Reasons To Plant Milkweek (here)
Got Shade? You Can Have Pollinators ( (here)
A Pollinator friendly Shrub (here)
Big Goings On at C and L (here)
Other bee posts you might want to read~
Count Yourself Lucky To Have Hoverflies (here)
Bumblebee Hotel (here)
Still Taking Care Of Bzzness (here)
My Sweet Embraceable You (here)
Bee clip art (here)
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