What this garden needed was more blooming plants.
So, I've bought dozens of echinaceas.
You heard me right! In the middle of a drought, with temperatures over 100F, I've bought dozens of plants.
No, I'm not worried that they will die. I've planted them in my largest containers, in fantastic soil and they are already settling in.
In fact, the pollinators were plenty ready for new food sources; the plants weren't even out of the back of my Subaru before the skippers and a pretty Vanessa virginiensis showed up to nectar.
Soon after the Bumbles and and the small sweat bees arrived.
I couldn't be happier that it's working out so well, even if I've had to plant some of them in my wheelbarrow!
PS The plants are a mixture of Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' and E purpurea 'Ruby Star' (Rubinstern) and will all be planted in the garden once the rains return this fall!
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.