Bees and Butterflies
Right now my front garden is swarming with bees and butterflies. This puts such a big smile on my face – to see my kids enjoying it ….and to feel like thanks to my garden, my yard is ALIVE again. It used to be hot and sterile…no life here, nothing for these beautiful creatures to eat and enjoy. No wonder we never saw them! Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is an absolute bee magnet! The bees cannot get enough of this plant, and neither can I. It is a non-stop bloomer and has looked incredible all season, despite a once a month watering! If that! Seriously…south side of the house – full on sun…over 100 degree temps days on end. How can a plant so pretty be so resilient?!
Speaking of tough plants…purple trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) en masse is a work horse and smells incredible! It is also practically moving right now with butterflies. I am in awe of the perfect balance it strikes between strength and beauty. Mass planted it looks like waves to me…ups and downs….movement. Not in a light and airy grass swaying way, but in an organic stationary way. That is a ‘little ollie’ dwarf olive (Olea europaea ‘Montra‘) in behind providing a silvery green backdrop.
Want to hide-a-curb? Let me remind you….
EEK! Hide-a-curb baby! Especially an ugly one like mine was.
Mailbox planting of Pennisetum setaceum is also bullet proof. Strong yet soft and sweet for the mailman/lady.
Ask me if I miss my grass?