I read a post entitled this. While I’m sure the author meant to sing the praises of shade plants, the answer to the question really is pollinators need flowers. Just ask one!
I know I like to see a garden of flowers too. I like shade plants quite a bit, and do have some really nice, colorful heuchera, hosta, coleus and ferns, among other interesting shade plants. The first three do make pretty flowers for pollinators needing tiny or deep-throated flowers. My garden calls to the pollinators with every flower swaying in the breeze – sun or shade. Just how I roll.
Too many flowers? The pollinators and birds say, “No WAY!” The coneflower is pretty popular right now, and the Russian Sage
All those flowers are corralled in by the boxwood. Still little rain here. We had a sprinkle one day this week that only wetted the drive, and a five-minute downpour a few days later, but that is all since April 4th.
I have been noticing far more birds in the garden, like Jays, Cardinals, crows, and a flicker this summer eating insects from the perennials. I suspect they are hanging around for the birdbath and the red Viburnum berries. I do feed the goldfinch and house finch thistle seed though. Hummingbirds are loving the trumpet vine and Monarda.
I am away for a month now (more on that coming), so hence the shortened mid-month garden report. No more garden photos this month. More on that coming too. Not much change since June, but more daisies, daylilies and coneflowers.