Today we’re in southwestern Idaho visiting with Kyla Westerberg, who is sharing some favorite flowers—basically, anything that offers a long period of bloom and attracts wildlife to the garden.
Beautiful hollyhocks (Alcea rosea, Zones 2–10) in their prime. Drier climates like that of Idaho are good for hollyhocks because the lower humidity helps reduce the rust disease that plagues hollyhocks in wetter areas.
These hollyhocks are on the decline, with most going to seed, although a few final flowers are opening. They are still loved by monarch butterflies.
A ten-lined June beetle has discovered this coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8). The large antennae identify this particular beetle as a male. It uses the antennae to detect the pheromones released by female beetles.
Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 3–9) is a workhorse in Kyla’s garden and gives a long season of interest with its abundant yellow flowers.
A stately double hollyhock reaches over 9 feet tall! It is clear that hollyhocks love growing in Kyla’s garden.
Coneflowers intermingle with blousy guara (Gaura lindheimeri, Zones 5–9).
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