Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
The past two months we’ve been working so hard to create and finish our outdoor garden area. I can’t wait to reveal the whole garden area to you and then again once everything grows in. Meanwhile, you can certainly check out what we’re planting and currently growing with our indoor setup.
In order for all of these vegetables and flowers to flourish, I knew I wanted to include a butterfly and bee garden to bring all the pollinators that we can to our garden. It’s also a great excuse to finally try incorporating an English style garden bed in our yard. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do! We headed to Lowe’s and 6 bags of mulch and 36 plants later, we were ready!
We planted the butterfly and bee garden along the entire front of the garden area with the arbor right in the middle. The arbor will (hopefully) be covered in passion flowers. As for the flower bed, I placed landscaping fabric down that was 3 feet wide down the entire length of the garden. Which is about 35 feet to help give you an idea.
I placed my plants and staggered them for a more full look especially as they start to grow and make themselves at home. I also want to add that all the flowers that I bought for this garden are perennial plants. Meaning that they’ll come back year after year versus an annual flower that only lasts one season. I want a beautiful flower garden and one that will age beautifully with time while also saving me money! What exactly did I plant? Here’s the line up and all the details about each plant.
This lollipop verbena was the first flower that caught my eye when just starting to figure out which flowers I wanted to incorporate in the garden. From a distance, the cluster of purple flowers look like a singular round flower (hence the name) blowing in the wind. There was a certain beautiful air playfulness about it. I love how there are so many tiny purple flowers and how it bushes it. It will fill a lot of space and add depth to the flower garden.
Average Mature Size: 18-24″ H x 18-24″ W
Water: Keep moist until established. 2 x per week after that.
Sun: 6+ hours
Fertilization: Spring and summer
Fun Fact: Verbenas have been used historically as an ingredient for medicinal purposes, such as herbal tea
I have always incorporated lantana in pots because of their pretty, bold pop of color and how well they do. I was looking for white lantana but very pleased with the yellow with how it goes so well with the purple and blue flowers. I placed each of these along the front so they’ll bloom out of the garden front creating a lot of dimension. I’ll for sure have to keep these trimmed back with how much they’ll grow.
Average Mature Size: 2-6 feet tall, 3-10 feet – Prune to keep small.
Water: 2x per week
Sun: 6+ hours full sun. Try to avoid afternoon sun.
Fertilization: Not necessarily needed. Do so sparingly.
Fun Fact: A single lantana plant can produce 12,000 seeds in one year.
Since I couldn’t find white lantana, I knew I needed to find another white flower to add to the mix. To be honest, I typically walk right past daisies. But they certainly caught my eye with being white, a perennial and the perfect size I needed to mix in with the other flowers for the bee and butterfly garden. One thing that is already impressing me so much is how many blooms there are on this plant! They are going to be so pretty continuously blooming.
Average Mature Size: 18-24″ H x 18-24″ W
Water: Keep moist until established and then 2x per week.
Sun: 6+ hours of full sun, some light shade
Fertilization: Every 6-8 weeks
Fun Fact: The center of a daisy is actually composed of many small flowers called disk florets.
How many blue flowers do you typically see? Not many, right? I saw this flower on Pinterest and thought to myself that my local nurseries and home improvement stores probably wouldn’t have it. I was wrong! Our local Lowe’s had an abundance of the blue diamond delphiniums. I just love the bold pop of the blue color. And it also doesn’t hurt that it’s Oliver’s favorite color. This one will stay relatively the same size as you see it now.
Average Mature Size: 16-24″ H x 10-12″ W
Water: Keep moist until established then 2x per week.
Sun: 6+ hours full sun
Fun Fact: Historically, parts of delphinium plants have been used to create blue dyes and inks.
This is the only flower that I got that isn’t for bees and butterflies. This is more of a low, filler plant (that will have flowers blossom) and to add a deep, rich green to the flower bed. These are SO hardy! My biggest tip is to trim them back every year. They’ll come back bigger and healthier.
Average Mature Size: 15″ H x 20″W
Water: Keep moist until established and then 1x per week.
Sun: 3-6 hours morning sun
Fun Fact: When planted groups, helps with erosion control.
I found all of these plants at my local Lowe’s which made it super easy. I bought 6 of each one to cover the long flower bed with room for them to grow in. You can certainly create a smaller bee and butterfly garden for your yard. There’s also the option of doing a container garden by planting these flowers in pots. So many options! You’ll have to let me know if you try this in your yard because I’m promise you’re going to love the combination of these plants together. The bees, butterflies and even ladybugs are already making themselves at home.