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Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden | Southwest Regional Report

A homemade 'insect hotel.' Photo courtesy of Ulrike Mai via Pixabay

Is your garden buzzing with excitement this time of year? Ours definitely is, and it’s not just from our giggles of delight but from the hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies busily perusing our new blooms.

We’ve made it our personal mission since moving into our new home to create a pollinators’ mecca in our yard, and boy, have they noticed! We have hummingbirds galore, a bee barn that’s waiting for its newest tenants, and butterflies that are increasing in number every day. We are excited to share some of our favorite pollinating perennials with you because there’s nothing more satisfying than a garden full of life and color!

Poppy mallow. Photo courtesy of Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Commons

Poppy mallow or wine cups (Callirhoe involucrata, Zones 4–9) is our first bee-and-butterfly-approved perennial. This beauty grows to about 12 inches tall and 3 to 4 feet wide and…

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