This week we say "goodbye" to spring and "hello" to summer. It’s also National Pollinator Week, which definitely deserves celebrating—so cheers to the pollinators! After all, without them, we wouldn’t have our beautiful gardens, and so much more!
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Talk about a multi-tasker! This garden favorite not only provides nectar for pollinators (think bees, butterflies, hummingbirds), but also seed heads for song birds, it’s safe for kids and pets, and the scent from its crushed leaves can even repel mosquitoes. Learn how to grow bee balm for the pollinators (and more!) in your garden. Pictured: ‘Pardon My Cerise’. Photo by Walters Gardens.
Have a seat, and I’ll tell you about a gorgeous lakefront meadow garden that replaced what was once a large amount of turf. The meadow includes bee balm (which we already know is great for attracting pollinators), oxeye sunflower, purple coneflower, and more. Photo by Saxon Holt.
5 Stunning Summer Container Combinations
If your containers are ready for a summer spruce up, here are 5 unique combinations designed to bring out the best of each plant. We’ve even included planting diagrams and care instructions for each one to help you along the way. Photos by Jason Ingram. Illustrations by Josh Endres.
Get 6 tips from beekeeper Rob Keller, of Napa Valley Bee Co., on how to make your garden a favorite spot for bees. Plus, learn what one organization calls the "foolproof five" plants to include. Photo by Meg Smith.
Bonus: Learn more about Mason Bees.
Even with as much rain as many parts of the country have gotten, water conservation is still a hot topic. If you’re looking for ways to repurpose areas that you’ve devoted to lush, green lawn, check out these 10 ideas.
It’s officially vacation season. How about a staycation this year? The Summer 2018 issue of Garden Design has 15 outdoor retreats that will inspire you to create the perfect vacation destination right in your own backyard. We still have a few copies on the shelf (good gardening information never goes out of style!), so order yourself a copy today. (Free shipping in the U.S.)
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Learn more about National Pollinator Week and what you can do so support bees, butterflies, and other important contributors. One thing you can do right now, is share this newsletter with your friends to help spread the word!
Here’s to summer!
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