Time spent outdoors in the summer is special. Good times with friends, long afternoons with family, and simple relaxation in the backyard fill our leisure time. If you are someone who loves the great outdoors like we do, you may wish to make your outdoor space even more beautiful – with flowers and plants that not only add beauty and color, but attract butterflies to come and socialize as well. And although your first inclination may be to invite some honeybees as well, we hope you will reconsider. This summer, look to Bice’s Florist – we love turning Fort Worth properties into backyard flower gardens. There are many flowers which attract butterflies, and each species has its favorite bloom. Still, any flower that is colorful and provides sweet nectar will get their attention. Flowers such as allium, butterfly bush, asters, day lilies, delphinium, goldenrod, marigold, zinnia and shasta daisies are great choices. Because butterflies are quite delicate and susceptible to wind, you can make flower gardens even more accommodating by creating a sheltered area – a trellis covered in vines and flowers, for instance, or a nook at the corner of two lines of hedges.
It’s Hot out There! Like the rest of us, both butterflies and bees need water – a birdbath filled with water, sand and rocks will give both species what they require.
The decline in the bee population is alarming scientists worldwide. Because bees are so critical to pollination and food supply, their disappearance directly affects the well-being of human beings. In order to help encourage bees to pollinate and have a safe place to live, you can provide them with the flowers and plants they need as well. Luckily, some of the flowers butterflies love are also attractive to bees – such as goldenrod and butterfly bushes – but you may also wish to put out sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, snapdragons, or crocus plants.
Will They Sting? Experts say honeybees rarely sting away from the hive, and almost never when foraging for food. Still, if anyone in the home has an allergy or there are children, you may wish to keep bee-friendly plants away from high traffic areas.
Finally, you may wish to put out flowers such as chrysanthemums, marigolds or pansies – or herbs such as mint, rosemary, and lemongrass – as they naturally repel a wide variety of pesky insects, which can definitely put a damper on your outdoor fun.
When creating purposeful flower gardens, you can trust the experts at Bice’s Florist to help you to choose the perfect flowers and plants. For decades, we have been assisting Fort Worth residents with all things floral – how can we help you?