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10 Great Plants for Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Landscape

Monday, April 16th, 2018

10 Great Plants for Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Landscape

We may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. Yet without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, like blueberries, squash, and almonds . . . not to mention chocolate and coffee…all of which depend on pollinators.

When adding plants for pollinators to your landscape it’s best to have a variety of plants. This will offer a range of flowers throughout the growing season. Planting one species in clumps will attract more pollinators than individual plants scattered around the landscape. Also, consider planting several colors of flowers to help pollinators find the flowers. Bees, for example, are especially attracted to blue, purple, violet, white and yellow flowers.

Here are a few pollinator-friendly plants to consider when adding color to your landscape.

  1. Agastache – flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies
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  2. Sedum – Bees & butterflies like Sedum because the flowers are flat, star-shaped and really easy to collect pollen and nectar.
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  3. Lavender – highly attractive to bees and butterflies
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  4. Salvia
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  5. Sunflowers – attracts bees.
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  6. Lamb’s Ear – Its nectar will attract not only bees but hummingbirds, as well.
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  7. Sea Holly
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  8. Coreopsis
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  9. Coneflower
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  10.  Lantana – attracts butterflies
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As winners of over 300 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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Creating Your Best Garden

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Creating Your Best Garden Landscape

Every garden is unique but the best gardens offer interest during every season. Through in-depth knowledge, experience and planning we find the right combinations of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and bulbs that make our customer’s landscapes shine all year long.  Below is a list of a few of the herbaceous plants that thrive during summer and offer a long season of interest be it colorful foliage or brilliant blooms.

Duranta – Great for containers or in the ground, this unusual annual has beautiful airy clusters of blue, violet, or white flowers almost orchidlike in their beauty.
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Gaura lindheimeri – Commonly known as Lindheimer’s beeblossom, white gaura, pink gaura, Lindheimer’s clockweed, and Indian feather.  This hardy clump-forming perennial is native to Texas and Louisiana. Once established it is drought tolerant.  Thriving in heat and humidity it grows 3 to 5’ tall and 1 to 2’ wide. At Gibbs, we pair it with lambs ears, duranta (above) and begonias.
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Geranium ‘Rozanne’-  Commonly known as Cranesbill. Always a garden favorite for its excellent mounding habit and late spring to summer bloom time. It grows in full sun or part shade.

Geranium Rozanne

Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’- A chartreuse selection of the annual sweet potato vine. As a “spiller” it’s perfect for window boxes, hanging baskets and even your landscape borders. Place in full sun to part shade and watch it grow!

Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’

Kalimeris pinnitifida- Also known as the Double Japanese Aster, this perennial produces masses of  double, one-inch white flowers with buttery yellow centers for a very long time in  summer to early fall.  It grows 2 to 3’ tall and provides a great filler in the perennial or annual garden. Plant it in full sun or part shade.

Double Japanese Aster

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’- Known to many as the iconic black-eyed susan. With bursts of showy yellow color this daisy-type perennial makes an ideal border plant as well as a beautiful cut flower.  Growing to 2’ tall and wide, it thrives in heat and sun.  It blooms prodigiously from late July to early October.

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7 Plants That Bring Color To Your Shade Garden

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

7 Plants That Bring Color To Your Shade Garden

Got a shady spot in your garden landscape? Our professional designers like these 7 plants to add color, texture and character to any low-light garden location.

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) Roundish chartreuse leaves and yellow flowers on trailing stems make this mat-forming perennial ideal for softening the edges of tall urns or hanging baskets. In the ground, it grows 4 to 8 inches tall, and spreads to 2 feet—rooting as it goes.

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Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum) The leaves of its many varieties have a silvery sheen that nearly glows in shade. Spreading to 3 feet wide, this perennial is great in hanging baskets and as pot edging.

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Heuchera – Heucheras takes sun only in coolest climates, and grows to 28 inches tall.

Heuchera

Geranium cranesbill – True geraniums—which make fluffy little mounds of foliage and small flowers in white or shades of pink or blue—thrive in the light shade of high trees.

Geranium cranesbill

Hosta hybrids – Hostas come in a virtual wardrobe of shapes, textures, and colors. Depending on variety, their leaves may be heart-shaped, round, oval, or lance-shaped; glossy or dull; smooth or quilted; blue, green, or yellow.

Hosta

 

Impatiens – With a dizzying array of color choices these plants are perfect containers or to edge a border.

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Heucherella – Heart-shaped leaves on clumping plants 5 inches tall and 1 foot wide come in many beautiful colors. A hybrid of garden origin, it is the result of a cross between two distinct genera, Heuchera and Tiarella, and shows similarities to both parents.
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As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalist can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.