Plant And They Will Come

                        Annuals in the Landscape    

           “The earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Pollinators contribute enormously to an ecosystem in the process of acquiring sustenance. While the transfer of pollen is an  invaluable contribution,  one cannot underestimate the balm pollinators provide for the spirit. Time spent in the observation and appreciation of these delicate creatures  is never wasted.

In an effort to attract pollinators to the local landscape, the first and quite appropriate response is to plant nectar plants.  An abundance of annuals and perennials are available  from local garden centers and sales sponsored by botanical gardens. Annuals are plants that live for one season while perennials  live  more than one season.

Vinca is an easy-to-grow annual to attract pollinators. Available in a variety of colors, it is a budget friendly addition to the landscape. Gardeners will be pleasantly  surprised  in the spring to  find this sun lover will sometimes reseed.  Hummingbird moths find vinca a favorite source of nectar.

 

Another budget friendly and sun loving annual  is the zinnia. It too, comes in a variety of colors as well as heights. The dwarf variety pictured, is particularly well liked  by butterflies including the Painted Lady.  Click here to learn more about zinnias .

More can be learned about the equally beautiful, Painted Lady, by clicking here.

 

This industrious little bee reminds us that herbs  also provide  nectar sources for pollinators.  Basil, Ocimum basilicum,  is an annual in the mint family.

 

 

 

The common checkered-skipper is another frequent visitor to basil plants. Plants can be purchased from garden centers and are easily started from seed.

 

Learn more about the common checkered-skipper by clicking here.