Hummingbirds and bees. One makes us happy with it's beauty and charm, the other keeps the human species alive. But hey, it's all about balance, right? Plant these six plants this weekend, and you'll be smiling AND helping our endangered pollinators.
ZINNIAS. These flowers are a powerhouse! They quickly bloom from seed to flower, humming birds are crazy about them, they are great as cut flowers, they are bright and cheerful, they attract butterflies, and they are low maintenance.
LANTANAS. If a hot, dry spot is a problem in your garden, lantana may be your solution. This hardworking plant with colorful flowers thrives with little moisture in full, unyielding sun. It's also easy to grow and hummingbirds love them!
SALVIAS. Hummingbirds have an acute sense of taste that guides them to the most sucrose-rich flowers, but the flowers also provide more overt cues. Salvias with red, pink or orange flowers are waving a flag that hails hummingbirds from the sky.
LAVENDER. This hearty Mediterranean shrub or annual has spikes of fragrant purple flowers or flower buds and requires little water once established. Butterflies and native and honey bees love it.
PENSTEMON. Penstemon, commonly called Beardtongue, will attract not only bees but other pollinators such as hummingbirds. The plant is available in a variety of colors -- pink, red, white, lavender -- and features tube-shape flowers that flare out, reminiscent of tiny bells.
BEE BALM. A classic American native and cottage garden favorite, bee balm is beloved by gardeners not only for its beautiful blooms in red, pink, purple and white; but for the evocative fragrance given off by foliage warmed by the sun. And it’s just as beloved by wildlife as it is by gardeners. Plant bee balm and you can be sure of the attention of hummingbirds and bees in the summer and by seed-loving finches in the winter. It’s an all-around garden winner that provides so much for so little effort.
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