There are few things more serene than relaxing in your own yard on a lazy afternoon. A backyard haven of lounge chairs, a beverage of choice, and serenity – sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Make this peaceful day even more idyllic by encouraging butterflies to join you – which is as simple as adding several lovely flowers to your yard deck or patio. Bees & butterflies congregate in gardens that both support the ecosystem and infuse color to your natural space – and Peoples Flowers is here to assist you in cultivating the plants and flowers that will beckon these industrious and beautiful creatures.
Do We Really Want Bees? The honeybee population is in critical decline worldwide, and here in the US, nearly 40$ have disappeared. Bees are paramount to the ecosystem, especially in food production. Contributing in even a small way to encourage the bees to thrive is important – don’t worry. Experts say that when collecting nectar and pollinating, bees will rarely sting unless harassed.
Both bees & butterflies will flock to colorful, pollen and nectar-rich flowers and plants. Sunflowers, asters, zinnias, marigolds, goldenrod (solidago), daisies, and lavender will welcome both insects. The butterfly bush, Joe Pye weed, milkweed, clover, and thistle should attract many butterflies, while the crocus, cosmos, and salvia will do the same for bees.
Natural Insect Repellents: Many plants, flowers and herbs contain essential oils that are utilized in insect repellents. Although these plants, when placed in your garden, will not keep all pests away, most gardeners agree that the number of insects can be minimalized with the addition of these varieties. Chysanthemums (shown above) petunias, allium blooms and marigolds are decorative flowers that repel bugs – while mint, rosemary, lavender, and lemongrass can be planted along the edges of your garden to help keep the pests uncomfortable with entering. In fact, citronella candles are made from lemongrass oil!
Bee and butterfly gardens are not only beautiful, but they can give Mother Nature an assist as well. Peoples Flowers can help you to bring home the ideal flowers and plants. So whether you cultivate an opulent garden, or simply place dish flower gardens around your back deck, you’ll enjoy all the amazing beauty that nature offers.