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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
Find your Plant Hardiness Zone here.

Planting For And Identifying Pollinators

One of the most enjoyable aspects of planting a garden for pollinators is being able to identify the different butterflies, bees and hummingbirds parading around in the spring and summer. To help plan your pollinator garden, we've highlighted a few of our favorite varieties that attract different pollinators and how to identify some of the more common types in your garden.

Identifying Butterflies:

  1. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. There are approximately 40 different Swallowtail species in North America and these colorful butterflies are named after the forked appearance of their hind wings.
  2. Common Buckeye. This gorgeous butterfly is common throughout the United States, except the Northwest. It prefers open areas with low vegetation.
  3. Black Swallowtail. There are approximately 40 different Swallowtail species in North America and these colorful butterflies are named after the forked appearance of their hind wings.
  4. Monarch Butterfly. Perhaps one of the most easily identifyable butterflies, the Monarch loves milkweed and is known for its autumn migration from the United States to Mexico.
  5. Gulf fritillary. This lovely orange butterfly can be seen in gardens in warmer areas, but can venture up North occasionally.
  6. American Painted Lady. ALso known as American lady, this colorful buterfly can be found throughout North America.

The Best Flower Varieties For Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden:

Identifying Bees:

  1. Western Honey Bee. There are approximately 40 species of Honey Bees and the Western Honey Bee (or European Honey Bee) is the most common species.
  2. Bumble Bee. The Bumble Bee is found mostly in the Northern Hemisphere and there are over 250 species. The soft hair that makes these bees so easily distinguishable (and fuzzy) is called pile.

The Best Flower Varieties For Attracting Bees To Your Garden:

BROWSE BEE FRIENDLY PERENNIALS


Identifying Hummingbirds:

  1. Broad-Tailed. This small Hummingbird is extremely adaptable and can be found in a range of habitats. The Broad-Tailed Hummigbird migrates to Mexico for the winter.
  2. Black-Chinned. This gorgeous butterfly is common throughout the United States, except the Northwest. It prefers open areas with low vegetation.
  3. Rufuous. This delightfully-colorful Hummingbird is a smaller species and is known to nest in Northern areas all the way up in to Alaska, often staying on the West Coast of the country.
  4. Ruby-Throated. A woodland dweller often found in forests, this Hummingbird is very territorial and makes its way to Mexico for the winter.

The Best Flower Varieties For Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Garden:

Whether you're planting in containers on a balcony or have a lot of land to work with, there are endless options to help our disappearing pollinator population through gardening.

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