Top Wildlife-Friendly Plants For Summer 2019


The key prediction for gardens in 2019 is one that follows the interior design trend gaining traction this year: bold colors. Many gardening experts believe that the home gardener will follow suit with the bright interior craze and transfer it to their plants. Radiant reds, yellows, and oranges are expected to make a return in place of the pinks and purples of recent years.

Insects like butterflies and bees can see ultraviolet light invisible to the human eye, and this light is much more visible on pink and purple flowers, meaning that flowers in reds and yellows are slightly less visible to their eyes. Although, don’t let this make you feel like you can’t have a wildlife-friendly garden filled with color!

Below are ten plants that will make your outdoor space a haven for flying friends throughout the summer.

  1. Lavender


Although it flowers purple, lavender still deserves a special mention due to its attractiveness to pollinators like butterflies and bees. Additionally, lavender looks and smells excellent to human visitors to your garden. Add small doses into your flower beds for a mixture of shapes, scents, and colors.

  1. Hydrangeas


Another typically purple flower, the hydrangea, was named best flower of 2018 at the Chelsea Flower Show, which is likely to make it a garden center favorite into this summer. Hydrangeas are also perfect for butterflies and are filled with nectar for them to enjoy while visiting your garden.

  1. California Poppies

California Poppies

California poppies, much like other variations of blossom, attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. They have a slightly more closed, cone-shaped flower, making it easier for bees to reach the nectar and pollen inside, which helps your garden to be more environmentally friendly. These beautiful plants are available in all kinds of colors, such as red, yellow, orange, and pink.

  1. Sunflowers


Brown-eyed Girl Sunflowers also made waves at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 as a sunflower variation which flowers for months on end for an average of 1,000 flowers per plant. Unfortunately, however, this variation is sterile, which makes it pretty useless for pollinators. Your standard sunflower variety will still add beautiful color to your garden, is great for bees and butterflies, and the large seedhead left after it stops flowering makes excellent food for birds.

  1. Marigolds


Traditional marigolds form beautiful red and yellow blooms in massive clusters, making for a fantastic addition to any bold, brightly-colored garden environment. Honeybees love marigolds, meaning any garden containing them is sure to draw some bee traffic. Marigolds are also said to ward off less attractive visitors like hornets, keeping your nursery a calm and relaxing summer space.

  1. Dahlias


Typical dahlias form huge heads of flower petals that look beautiful in the summer. These multiple bloom plants can be detrimental to pollinators as bees and butterflies can’t access the nectar and so fly away without pollinating. To avoid this and draw more wildlife to your garden, plant single bloom dahlias this summer. These little flowers are much more bee-friendly and come in colors like red, yellow, and pink.

  1. Black-Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans

Another member of the sunflower family, black-eyed Susans are highly attractive to birds and butterflies. Birds such as nuthatches and sparrows enjoy eating the seeds of black-eyed Susans, and the larger centers make for an excellent platform for butterflies to land.

  1. Buddleja


Another typically purple/pink plant, the buddleia, is ideal for those who want to draw pollinators to their gardens. The large flower heads filled with tiny individual flowers mean countless butterflies and bees can snack on them through the summer. Also known as ‘butterfly bushes,’ these plants come in several variations and colors. The Sungold variety avoids filling your garden with too much purple to stay on-trend.

  1. Foxglove


Foxgloves in pink, purple, or yellow will draw in honeybees throughout the summer. The thin, cone-shaped flowers are perfect for bees with long tongues to help them reach the nectar. Also, stems full of bell-shaped flowers are a great way to add dimension to your flowerbeds this summer.

  1. Red Valerian

Red Valerian

Red valerian plants bloom hundreds of pinky-red flowers, which butterflies like the painted lady enjoy feeding on and laying their eggs. These plants create an excellent addition to any yard, and the presence of painted lady butterflies is a fantastic sight in the summer.


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