Not much of a green thumb, but love to watch nature? You can easily attract butterflies by planting buddleia, commonly called butterfly bushes. They don’t require an exorbitant amount of care; in fact, it is almost impossible to kill them. They grow in partial to full sun, and are fast growers. They will tolerate urban pollution and alkaline soil. One word of caution, though: since they tend to grow quickly, make sure you leave enough space for growth, and have your camera ready for all of butterflies that will be visiting.
Monarda didyma, commonly known as scarlet beebalm, is native to the US Pacific Northwest, the Eastern US, and Eastern Canada. (1) Because of the beebalm's long, tubular flowers, it is a favorite for attracting hummingbirds. The flowers cluster at the top of a square stem, and bloom from May through October.
Beebalm is a perennial, and likes sun or part shade. It is cold-tolerant, and likes moist, acidic soil. You'll find them in woods, meadows, stream banks, and in some mountainous areas. The plants generally get to be around 3 feet tall. Beebalm has beneficial properties for native bees and bumble bees.
New flowers and other plants can brighten up a tired garden. With the impending heat of summer, it may be challenging to keep your garden looking lively. However, you just need to know which flowers are best suited for each season. Some beautiful summer flowers that I recommend are:
- Aster flower. A little wild, but looks great in most gardens. It is the birth flower for the month of September.
- American persimmon, baby’s breath, bird of paradise, and carnation flowers. In my opinion, these are some of the most beautiful flowers. Common in florist arrangements for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
- Chrysanthemum (mums), daisies, freesias, ginger, gladiolus, jasmine, geraniums and roses.
- Calla lilies and dahlia hybrids. These flowers make lovely garden plants.
Bees, bugs, hummingbirds, and butterflies are naturally attracted to these flowers' scents and colors. These flowers are manageable, and with enough care, may bloom year round. Summer flowers can be tidied up and watered in the morning, which allows them to dry. Mulch and fertilizer help keep the plants and flowers growing through late summer/early fall.
Other summer flowers ,such as gardenias, heather, and hydrangea, are particularly easy to care for. The dirt must be moist, similar to lilies, phlox, and begonias, but these can be planted in dry, hot areas with bright sunlight. Summer is the best time to plant because seeds are eager to grow. A summer garden's lasting impression is in its beauty, grace, and charm.
Finding little ways to make an impressive and drought-resistant garden will help improve our environment. Teaching others about summer flowers helps spread the knowledge, and, ultimately, may increase the amount of flowers for everyone to enjoy. It is a wonderful sight to see each year, the flowers growing rich with every color you can imagine.