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Wildlife Garden Design Feeds Many Kinds of Pollinators

Gardens are buffets for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, hoverflies, lacewings, ladybugs and myriad tiny wildlife. They dine on nectar, pollen, other tiny insects and -- in the case of butterfly caterpillars -- foliage. Some butterfly babies have needs so specific that only a single genus of plants will do, such as Monarchs and milkweeds. Our photo shows Monarch caterpillars munching the leaves of Wild Cotton (Asclepias cancellata) at Flowers by the Sea.

Salvia and Asclepias species are among the best flowering plants for gathering beneficial wildlife to your smorgasbord. A number of the links in this issue of Salvia Guru talk about planting for pollinators. If you are interested in hummingbird gardening, you may be particularly interested in the link about hummingbird researcher Nancy L. Newfield and her Louisiana garden.

Providing excellent choices for wildlife garden design is a major objective of our goal at FBTS to be one of the nation's best online plant nurseries. We would not exist without the effort of these tiny yet mighty workers, so we grow hundreds of Salvias and many kinds of Asclepias at our Northern California flower farm.

You can help pollinators as well by growing the flowers they need and by spreading word about free subscriptions to Salvia Guru. Together, we can help the world bloom.

Photo Credit: Asclepias cancellata and Monarch Butterfly caterpillar, FBTS.

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