Hummingbirds have a weakness for red flowers. So even though it’s not MY favorite color, I always try to have a few red flowers in the garden — just for the hummingbirds. Some years it’s salvias and hibiscus. Others it’s fuschias or geraniums. Always there’s CrocosmiaRead More
Many years ago, I had a neighbor who was a beekeeper. We used to joke about him giving me a discount on honey, because I was sure his bees spent most of their time in my flower garden. I didn’t realize how trueRead More
Would you like to see more butterflies fluttering through your garden this summer? Based on what we’ve seen in our New Jersey trial gardens, it’s very easy to do — just plant some liatris! Last summer we planted several hundredRead More
Pollinators need our help and gardens can offer them a safe haven. Like other wildlife, bees have four basic needs: food, water, cover and a place to raise their young. Our gardens can provide all of these essentials, but offering food, in the form of flowers, mayRead More
Alliums may be the easiest plants you’ll ever grow. The only tricky thing about them is remembering that they need to be planted in the fall, at the same time as tulips and daffodils. If you haven’t already ordered alliumRead More
Hummingbirds are fun to watch and easy to attract. Though their diet typically includes more insects than nectar, they spend a lot of time visiting flowers. Planting the types flowers they prefer, is the best way to encourage frequent visits.
Next week is National Pollinator Week, so it’s a great time to think about making your garden more bee-friendly. What’s the single best thing you can do? Plant more flowers! The more pollen and nectar you offer, the more pollinatorsRead More