When you have hummingbirds and butterflies in your garden you feel as though you have a REAL garden! They dance on a breeze and sparkle in the sunlight. Its so exciting as the weather changes to summer to know we’ll soon see butterflies bouncing about on the breeze.
A well-designed perennial garden blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall. Its a beautiful time to plan your garden to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The cool nights help the plants establish their roots easily. Its the perfect time to divide the spring blooming perennials, just as they’re sprouting. Spreading the most desirable ones to new places in your garden and discard diseased or dead bulbs. Be sure to have fresh soil wherever you plant bulbs, and add fresh compost and a sprinkle of bonemeal or superphosphate.
The lovely flowing Crocosmia are just starting to sprout. Divide and move them now that you can see the individual bulbs. Or you can still order these summer-blooming bulbs now. They are planted just under the soil surface and will bloom in the first year. Hummingbirds love the red-blooming ‘Lucifer’ variety best. Planted in one small group of about 15 bulbs, my crocosmia plants have become massive, with hundreds of bulbs in a grouping. I’ve divided and shared this wonderful plant many times.
Other favorite perennials that attract hummingbirds and butterflies such as penstemon and foxglove are also ready for division too. Hummingbird mint is also sprouting and is a lovely fragrant plant that I love for summer-fall bloom. There are so many perennials you can add to your garden design that I’ve only mentioned a couple of my favorite show-offs here. Your garden can bloom throughout the entire year to constantly attract the pollinators you love.
I love designing gardens, and to help you design your garden I wrote the nationally best-selling book, Perennials. Because I design by bloom time, I created main sections that are divided by Spring, Summer and Fall bloom, with details on each wonderful perennial that specifically grow in our intermountain gardening zone. I’ve also labeled each plant as to what pollinator it attracts and if its deer and rabbit resistant.
We are at a critical time to restore wildlife habitats for our wonderful pollinators. Plan your garden now to create your own beneficial habitat. You’ll enjoy your garden more as you increase your association with nature. And you’ll notice the health benefits too.
In sync with nature,