It's time to start planting your bee, butterfly, and hummingbird perennials! One thing to consider especially for bees is to have a variety of different plants so that you will constantly have blooms. For hummingbirds and butterflies, to have plants that bloom at the right time. Listed below are a few plants that we think should be included in any bee, butterfly, and hummingbird lovers garden.
Texas Kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana): Blooming white tubular flowers from spring until fall, this native shrub is a bee magnet. It grows 8-10 ft. tall and wide so find a place with plenty of room.
Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides Hayek): Also a spring to fall bloomer and native to Texas, this perennial shrub blooms an orangy yellow flower. Can grow 3-6 ft. Tall and wide.
Milkweed: This plant is one of the most well known plants for butterflies because it's a host plant for monarchs and a nectar plant for all butterflies. There are several native varieties as well as a non-native variety typically called 'Tropical Milkweed'. That being said, all are great plants to add to your flower bed.
Passion Vine: Great as a host and nectar plant. beatiful Flowers as well!
Herbs for host plants: Parsley, Rue, Dill, and Fennel can be used as host plants for a wide variety of butterflies.
Salvia: All types of salvia work great however some say the red colored blossoms will attract more hummingbirds.
Flame Acanthus: 3-5 ft. Tall and wide. Blooms orange blossoms from summer until frost.
Red Yucca: 3-5 ft. Tall and wide. Tall pink flowers will bloom continously from late spring until frost.
Give your perennials and other blooming plants coming out of dormancy a boost with our favorite liquid fertilizer: Medina Hastagrow 6-12-6.