How can we create yard habitats that are friendly to humans and to wildlife?
Instead of filling our yards with chemicals and noise pollution, what can we do differently?
Several years ago we created a rain garden. This garden opened up a new world of gardening as I learned about native plants. Five years later we have no remaining grass and a wildlife loving yard. The birds(especially migrating), butterflies, bees and neighborhood cats love our yard.
The following are some things I have learned about native plants and attracting pollinators:
*Most native plants can survive without watering, AND they do not need chemicals!!!
*Bee balm, blazing star, Culver’s root, hyssop, and cone flowers are the very best at attracting butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds. Hummingbirds love the cardinal-flower. Hummingbird moths love little blue stem, sedges and many of the same flowers hummingbirds do.
*Gold finch and other birds eat the cone flower and little blue stem seeds all winter.
*Attracting new and interesting butterflies to your yard becomes an obsession as does attracting nesting birds.
* Bringing birds to your yard can also bring the neighborhood cats. Cats are dangerous to birds. Keep your cats inside.
Plant for flower diversity and blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall!
Terrific websites for attracting pollinators to your landscape:
- Butterfly Weed (wingedbeauty.com)