Bee Better gardeners know the value of planting, Pussytoes, Antennaria sp. The leaves of the Pussytoes is a host plant for the American Lady butterfly, Vanessa virginiensis. American Lady butterflies will also host on plants in the sunflower family everlasting, Gnaphalium obtusifolium; pearly everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea; wormwood, Artemisia sp.; ironweed, Vernonia sp., and burdock, Arctium sp.. AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY PUSSYTOES Name: Antennaria plantaginifolia Common: Pussytoes, plantain-leaved pussytoes, plantain-leaved everlasting, and […]
Did you know Coreopsis spp., also commonly known as tickseed, attracts small native sweat bees, native sunflower bees Svastra spp, long-horned bees, Melissodes spp., and hoover flies, Syrphidae spp. in our ecoregion 231? Read on. Name: Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’ Common: Tickseed Zones: , 3 to 9, herbaceous perennial Size: 1.5 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Sun, average to dry moisture […]
Did you know Rudbeckia spp., also commonly known as black-eyed Susan, attracts the specialist bee, Andrena rudbeckiae, commonly known as Rudbeckia Andrena in our ecoregion 231? Read on. Name: Rudbeckia hirta Common: Black-eyed Susans Zones: Herbaceous perennial Size: 2-3 feet tall x 1-2 foot wide Conditions: Sun, medium moisture Attracts: In ecoregion 231, Rudbeckia spp. also attracts long-horned bees, […]
Did you know Liatris spp., also commonly known as blazing star, attracts the Bumble bees, Bombus fraternus in our ecoregion 231? Read on. Name: Liatris spicata Common: Blazing Star, Marsh Liatris Zones: Herbaceous perennial Size: 2-4 feet tall x 0.5-1.5 foot wide Conditions: Sun, medium moisture Attracts: In ecoregion 231, Liatris spp. attracts bumble bees, Bombus fraternus, […]
Create a brush pile at the edge of your property, starting with your old Christmas tree and any fallen branches from trees and shrubs. Create a pile six-feet in length with loosely stacked branches. Brush piles provide cover for birds and attract insects to their decaying branches.
While it is important to rake the leaves on your lawn to prevent die-off, do not remove leaf litter in your perennial beds or under your shrubs. These leaves will compost and provide important nutrients to the soil. They will also be a haven for many of the insects that birds feed on.
Create a dust bath in a sunny spot near the area where your birds feed. Sparrows, in particular, love to spend hours playing on dusty ground, and they are entertaining to watch.