Triple Attraction

Birds & Blooms|June/July 2020

Triple Attraction
With traits that appeal to the big three, birds, butterflies and bees, these powerhouse blooms are top options for a wildlife-friendly garden. From easy-to-grow annuals to hardworking perennials, there’s something for every landscape.

COSMOS

Cosmos spp., ANNUAL

Throughout the growing season, bees and butterflies can’t resist these colorful pinwheel-shaped blossoms with feathery foliage. Grow single or double cultivars of this easygoing bloomer in full sun, and you’ll have flowers and seeds for the birds from summer through late fall. Plants stand from 1 to 6 feet high, so no matter how large your space, there’s a type of cosmos that will fit right in.

BLACK-EYED SUSAN

Rudbeckia spp., ZONES 3 TO 9

Lovely as a background planting or in a wildflower garden, black-eyed Susan also shines when grouped with other daisy-shaped flowers. Plants range from 1 to 6 feet in height, offering a big visual impact in any size yard. Butterflies appreciate the landing pad the blooms provide, bees flock to the bright yellow color, and birds love the late-fall seed heads.

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June/July 2020