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May 21, 2014

Bee & Butterfly Boulevard Beds

We’re creating Bee-friendly and Butterfly-attracting boulevard gardening options!

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We’re creating Bee-friendly and Butterfly-attracting boulevard gardening options!

An effective way to garden with a greater goal is to plant a boulevard bee & butterfly garden. Not only is this an efficient way to utilize that boulevard space with colors that dress it up all season long, but it keeps pollinators going for your plants and not your backyard barbecue food!

IMG_4323Of course butterflies are fun to look at, but planting one of these gardens does more than just beautify your surroundings – you’re bolstering ecosystems for these essential pollinators, building healthy populations of plants and the creatures who care for them.

We have a host of great perennial options to keep them coming back for more. Some of the favorites that we have used are Nepeta, Asclepia milkweed, Echinacea ‘Merlot,’ Salvia, & Sedum ‘Autumn Fire.” According to Farmer’s Almanac, Better Homes & Gardens, & Organic Gardening, these are among the highest-favored plants by both butterflies and bees. In fact, Asclepia milkweed is the sole food source of monarch butterfly larvae, making it additionally valuable to the Monarch species.

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 10.58.12 AMSo check out our video for tips on how to design the garden and layout the plants for your own Bee & Butterfly Boulevard Bed. We want to help you become a bee & butterfly garden expert, too!

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