Category Archives: Bees and Butterflies

Hardy Hibiscus: Tropical Flare in the Midwest Garden

Tropical style is all the rage right now. Caladiums fly off the benches. Cuttings of rare specimens sell for unimaginable sums. Monsteras have made 'fenestration' a household term. This is all well and good, but there is only one true queen when it comes to tropical flare in the Midwest landscape, and her … Continue Reading ››

Trees and Shrubs for Pollinator Gardens

Annuals and perennials aren't the only game in town when it comes to supporting pollinators. Many trees and shrubs are perfect for pollinator gardens and offer not only food, but essential protection and habitat for an array of pollinators.

Another fantastic benefit of planting trees and shrubs for pollinators is that many support other … Continue Reading ››

National Pollinator Month: Perennial Pollinator Garden Basics

It’s National Pollinator Month, and that means it's time to celebrate all things winged and crawling with a perennial pollinator garden!

The plants we choose for a pollinator garden and the practices we employ make a huge difference. Choosing nectar rich plants, native plants, host/habitat plants, and opting for low … Continue Reading ››

Perennials for Container Gardening

Gardening season is in full swing, and designing annual containers is one of our favorite creative gardening endeavors! There are so many beautiful annuals to play with that we could fill hundreds of pages- but what about perennials that are great for containers? Using perennials for container gardening expands gardeners' choices ever further, … Continue Reading ››

American Plum

At the intersection of edible landscaping and pollinator gardening, Prunus Americana is poised to please. The free-spirited gardener interested in creating a food forest and planting for pollinators will adore the American Plum. Likewise, this spring specimen works marvelously in more manicured gardens as long as regular pruning is performed.

The American Plum is … Continue Reading ››