I recently had an immense amount of fun talking about growing food in urban spaces and attracting birds, bees, and butterflies at Eat Real Fest in Los Angeles. For part of my demonstration, I created a special wildlife-friendly pallet garden with plants donated by Proven Winners. I think it turned out really cool!
If you’d like to make a pallet garden designed to provide nectar and pollen for hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees (which are all important pollinators for edible plants), here are the plants I used:
Ageratum ‘Artist Purple’ (Floss Flower)
Ageratum is a really neat and unusual looking flower. The small flowers look like fuzzy buttons and are held in clusters practically covering the plant. It is a great plant to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Specifically, Soldier Butterflies, Monarchs, Queens, Fritillaries, among others. Not to mention that bees will be sure to stop by.
Lantana is such a great plant. There is pretty much no amount of heat that is too much for them. They are also pretty drought tolerant. And those are just lantana’s practical aspects. Lantana also smells nice, and attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Supertunias don’t ask for much. Give them water and fertilizer and they will provide waves of happy flowers that butterflies and even hummingbirds enjoy visiting.
Cleome ‘Spirit’ (Appleblossom)
These delicate, pink and white flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They add height and elegant beauty to a wildlife garden.
Zinnias are a great plant for attracting bees. Their flowers lustily display their pollen and nectar in the center of brightly colored flowers.
If you’d like to arrange your plants exactly as I did, this is a rough sketch (emphasis on “rough”) of the placement of plants in the pallet:
If you’d like detailed instructions on how to prepare and plant the pallet, refer to these instructions.
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