The Biodiversity Gardener

Butterflies play a critical role in our environment as the third most populace pollinator. More than 1,300 types of plants grown around the world for food, beverages, medicines, condiments and fabric rely on pollinators. Creating a garden with a diverse assortment of plants encourage native species that help us in many ways!

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Irises are a perennial that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They also make beautiful cut flowers.

iris

The Rugosa Rose attracts pollinators. This sweetly scented flower is also often used to make potpourri. The rose hips can be used to make jams and marmalades. They are also used in Chinese medicine.

Rugosa

The Passion flower was historically used as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It is still used today to treat anxiety and insomnia.

passion

Hemerocallis Strobelight Seduction aka Day Lilies are drought tolerant, fragrant and make beautiful cut flowers.

day lillies

Echinops Ritro aka Globe Thistle. Pollinators love it and it makes a really unique cut flower.

echinops

During the day plants absorb our carbon dioxide and release more oxygen into the air. During the night this part of photosynthesis ceases, except when it comes to succulents and cacti which continue to release oxygen throughout the night.

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Chive blossoms are a flavorful edible flower that can be used in salads, eggs and pasta, just to name a few.

chiveblossoms

Dahlias attract bumblebees.

dahlia

Lantanas are a fragrant flowering plant that can thrive in containers. They produce flowers all summer and into fall, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

lantanas

Kopper King Hibiscus. Hybrid of our North American native wildflower shrub that grows over marshes and lake shores. A beautiful plant for areas that remain moist. They are salt tolerant so a great choice for homes by the beach. As an added bonus they attract butterflies.

kopper king

Portulaca is a drought tolerant plant for a pretty source of color that blooms from late spring to early fall.

portulaca

Hummingbirds love Delphinium which bloom in early summer.

delphinium

Osteospermum aka Daisy Bushes attract birds.

daisy

Pink Deciduous Azaleas are a flowering shrub that attract birds and butterflies and have a rich, spicy aroma.

azaleas

Miniature Roses are great for containers and small spaces. These perennial plants can live for years with proper irrigation, fertilization and good pruning.

minirose

The Citronella Geranium is commonly used to repel mosquitoes but it's effectiveness is highly debated. It does have a very pleasant smell and makes delicate little lavender-pink flowers.

citronella

Wild Rose Canina also known as the Dog Rose is a fragrant climbing rose that is high in antioxidants, often used for syrup, teas, marmalades and jams.

WildRose

Echinacea are a sturdy perennial that attract ladybugs, butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

echinacea

Climbing Clematis are a great choice to cover a wall, fence or screen. You can even train a clematis along wires to create an archway.

Clematis

Penstemon Dark Tower makes a great border plant. This hearty plant is tolerant of heat and humidity. Stunning as a cut flower. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Penstemon

This Pollinator Garden includes Glover Perennials Kalimeris Integrifolia 'Caritas' which are grown and sold for charity.  All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association and the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research. Also featured are Irises and Delphinium.

Pollinator Garden

Cosmos are in the sunflower family and were historically used for anti-inflammatory topical ointments.

cosmos

Sweet Alyssum, Blue Ice Pansies, Licorice Plant & Purple Salvia are all great choices for container gardens.

Container Garden

Peonies in Bloom. The herb known as Paeonia is typically used in Chinese medicine and is called 'The King of Flowers' in Japan.

Peonies

Angelonia aka Summer Snapdragon. A hearty plant that is heat and drought tolerant with long lasting colorful blooms.

angelonia

Morning Glories are annual climbers with big, fragrant, colorful flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

morningglory

Sprout Work In Progress: Installing a Drip Irrigation System. Drip systems deliver low volumes of water directly to plants' roots minimizing losses to wind, runoff, evaporation or overspray and use up to 50% less water than pop up sprinklers.

drip

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