Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time for me to get my hands dirty! After the winter we had, I’m excited to get my hands on some Monrovia plants and start playing in the dirt. The plants are just now starting to arrive where I live, but my local nursery had just what I was looking for. Now that I have my plants, I am super anxious for these storms and the rain that has plagued us to go away so I can get started planting!
Monrovia Plants are Paramount for my Garden
Here’s the thing about Monrovia plants: they are tough. Really tough. These plants are high quality, which means I’m never going to be planting some spindly thing and then wondering why it’s not thriving. I have had nothing but great experiences with Monrovia, and that’s why I’m using them for my butterfly/bee/humming bird cottage border this year.
I always have a large vegetable garden, which furnishes fresh vegetables for the summer and enough to can and preserve for the winter months. Along with the vegetable garden, I like to add new shrubs and flowers to my growing cottage style garden each year, especially ones that attract butterflies, bees, and humming birds. They are all great pollinators, and they’re so good for the plant life. Bees are important in pollinating the garden and I enjoy the butterflies and hummingbirds! Bees especially need a helping hand out there. The constant overuse of broad spectrum pesticides is leading to the decimation of our bee populations, so if I can attract them to my safe, cozy garden, I feel like I’ll be helping those little guys out. Aside from the bees, butterflies and humming birds are not only pollinators, they’re beautiful!
The plants I chose to work with as my foundation plantings in my cottage border are: Southern Moon Yedda Hawthorn, Eropa Japanese Astilbe and the Laura Garden Phlox. I will also be adding some others as the season progresses and they become available. Let’s check out what my plans are!
Humming Birds and Butterflies and Bees, oh My
I have slowly been adding shrubs and island beds in between the trees around the yard part of our property to make a border of sorts. It is a rural area, therefore I wanted more of a cottage type border. While keeping the relaxed style of a cottage garden in mind, I also wanted to think about shrubs and flowers of different heights, while considering the different bloom times of each. You don’t want them all to bloom in the Spring and then have nothing come Summer. I want a show of color throughout the seasons.
I already had a Black Knight Butterfly Bush from Monrovia that was planted a couple of years ago. It is just now starting to bud out for it’s yearly showing. Butterfly Bushes are ‘THE’ plant to have to attract butterflies! The ‘Black Knight’ Butterfly Bush has gorgeous violet-purple flower spikes. These beautiful flower spikes attracts butterflies and I have also witnessed the hummingbirds having a drink from it also! Butterfly Bushes bloom continuously through Summer and make a great accent plant. They are equally at home in a cottage garden, border or a large island flower bed! Keep in mind they get about 6-8 feet tall and about 5 feet wide, so allow plenty of space. These plants are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves during the winter months.
My Monrovia plants “Beauty Border”, as I like to call it, will begin with a foundation of Southern Moon Yedda Hawthorn. Although this plant doesn’t attract butterflies or hummingbirds, it makes a nice starting point for the rest of the garden, and it is abundantly covered in white flowers in the Spring which will attract bees. I also like that it is a nice sized plant, reaching 5-6 ft. tall and 6-8 ft. wide. It’s also an evergreen plant. This will make a nice big backdrop for the flowers in front and a pretty shrub view from the road. By the time it stops blooming, the green shrubbery will make a nice background for the summer bloomers!
After I get the Yedda planted, I am adding a Europa Japanese Astilbe plant. These plants are extremely hardy, so they are easy to grow. In late Spring, they have wonderful feathery plumes blooms in a variety of colors. Their plumes add a light airy texture to the flower garden. The leaves are also a contrast in texture to the Southern Moon Yeda Hawthorn shrub. For my cottage border, I chose the pink blooms. Astibles are also huge butterfly attractors and has always been a favorite of mine. I also know firsthand how easy they are to grow! This will be the first selection of this plant I’ve gotten from Monrovia plants, so I’m expecting great things! And hey, for everyone that lives out in the country like me – Astible is deer and rabbit resistant!
Last, but not least, I’ll be adding Garden Phlox to the bed. Garden Phlox is absolutely beautiful! Not only are the blooms dainty, they come in a variety of colors and attract both butterflies and hummingbirds. They’re the icing on the cake. I chose the Laura Garden Phlox, which is a unique shade of purple with a white star center. This is a wonderful workhorse of a plant and is a fast grower. It grows to an average of 24 in. tall and wide and is also fragrant!
My cottage border plan also includes adding some Purple Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susans, Butterfly Weed and maybe some Lantana later this Spring, as the plants become available or I can buy plants online so I can go ahead and get them on their way! I have a fairly large area to cover and I believe they will be awesome looking in my border! If you notice, most of what I would like to plant are perennials. You get more bang for your buck with perennials because they come back each year without having to replant!
I am so excited about my “Beauty Border”. It is going to be so beautiful, and because all of my plants are coming from Monrovia plants, I know I won’t have to worry about their hardiness. I can’t wait to see my yard filled with bees and butterflies and hummingbirds. It’s going to be a fairy land of beauty! I’m thinking of moving my park bench close by so I can watch the show!
If you’ve got a green thumb, get out there an plant something. It’s great fun. If you DON’T have a green thumb, get out there and plant anyway with Monrovia plants. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is! Monrovia brand plants are available at local garden centers and Lowe’s home centers across the country. But, if you can’t find Monrovia plants locally, you can just shop Monrovia – easy peasy!
I hope you follow along as I get my cottage border planted and growing! Do you have plans for a new flower bed or border? What plants are you planning on using?