I know I need to get a jump-start on a few things that need more-than-average time to germinate. I’m starting with some of my favorite biennials and perennials—Canterbury Bells, Daturas, and Delphiniums. In the next week or so, I’ll start my pepper seeds indoors. If it has to be winter, at least I can start planning and dreaming of my summer garden.
This summer I plan to make a special effort to encourage visitors! Yes, I love when my friends visit, but I’m really talking about pollinators. I look forward to the first sighting of the yellow swallowtail butterflies that frequent my garden. I always plant extra dill specifically for their enjoyment. There are many beautiful and fragrant choices to attract pollinators, but here are a few favorites.
Dill – Dill is an important host plant for caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies. It’s also a must for pickling.
Butterfly Flower – Soft vanilla scent tempts butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects that feast on its nectar.
Delphinium Butterfly Blend – Delicate spires covered with blossoms on compact plants. Bee, bird, and butterfly charmer!
Bee Balm Lambada – A garden treasure of delightful lavender-pink flower clusters with mint/basil scented leaves.
Hyssop Lavender – Also known as anise hyssop and licorice mint, this native, Midwestern U.S. perennial is loved by bees and butterflies. It is also as useful in the kitchen as it is beautiful.
Save the Bees – A special mix of fragrant herbs and beautiful flowers that attract and provide food for honeybees!
I can’t wait to see all the butterflies fluttering around, and the bees busying themselves with nectar. Calling all pollinators! My garden will soon be ready for business!
Which pollinator-friendly varieties to do you plan on sowing this year?