(Psst! It's not too late to start planting mature plants - make sure to 'water in' your plants well, and try to plant later in the day after the hottest part of the day is done to give your plants a chance to acclimate overnight.)
Here are some creatures and a few of the plants that attract them:
These pollinators are essential to the process of flowering and producing fruit and vegetables in the summer. To help the bees, here are a few flowers they especially like:
Alyssum or Sweet Alyssum
This plant looks like a carpet and does wonderful in the St. Louis area heat, especially with the clay-dense soil in our area. This looks great potted (especially if you have a balcony or porch area) or contained in a bricked-in area to spread out like a carpet.
How to care for Alyssum plants
Poppies or Oriental Poppies
How to care for Poppies
Hummingbirds especially love red and orange shades of flowers, and they like flowers with a tubular or bell shape. They also like plants between 3-12 feet above the ground as a rule of thumb. Here are some plants that will attract these little beauties to your yard or balcony:
Fuchsia Plants (pronounced: few-shuh)
Fuchsia plants are shade-loving plants that grow best in hanging pots or slightly elevated pots. They need good drainage in their pots and should not be in direct sunlight in the hottest times of the summer to stay healthy.
How to care for Fuchsia Plants
*Psst! These can be taken indoors over the winter to keep them growing.
How to care for Columbine flowers
Red hot poker plant
How to care for Red Hot Pokers
These delicate insects are delightful pollinators - they are also essential to growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers each year. The plants listed below are to attract mature butterflies - if you are interested in planting food for butterfly larvae to help the butterfly population, check out this list of butterfly host plants.
How to care for a Butterfly Bush
Allium or Flowering Onion
These amazing flowers look just like the Truffula trees out of Dr. Seuss's book The Lorax. These flowers like sun and do well with fertilizer if the soil quality is lacking.How to care for Allium flowers
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Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk