Disclaimer: Today’s post is sponsored by Monrovia, but my love for their plants is all my own!
Even if you live in a colder climate like I do that is still experiencing cold nights and possible frost, it is not too early to begin planning your spring and summer green spaces. Incorporating #GreenDesign into your yard, patio or balcony is a great way to connect with nature and experience the magic of #springtime. I love hearing the bees buzz or watching them fly from flower to flower sucking up as much nectar as possible and knowing they are cross-pollinating my plants for me. Once the butterflies arrive I delight in their colorful, wispy wings fluttering about bringing living color to the garden. I also love hummingbirds and encourage them to hang out in my garden by providing them with plants they love, a hummingbird mister and multiple hummingbird nests located in areas where they will feel safe enough to use them.
It is important to me to create a #garden that is healthy and beautiful but also beneficial to our local ecosystem. I know I can count on #Monrovia plants to help me do just that. When people visit my garden or view the photos online I really want to convey that you can create a positive environmental impact by choosing plants for your garden that support the needs of the pollinators in your area such as the butterflies, bees and birds. But creating a positive environmental impact and relationship with the local ecosystem is about so much more than just the plants you choose. The way you maintain your garden through watering and soil care plays an equally important role.
This spring I chose four plants to add to my garden that I knew would attract the pollinators I wanted – and even though I already had similar perennials in my garden the ones I chose were slightly different in leaf color or their flower #blooms were different than what I had. I chose two perennials – which are plants that come back by the roots year after year – and two annuals – which are plants that are started from seed, grow, flower, set seed and die in a single season. The two perennials I chose were primrose (Primula) and coral bells (Heuchera). The two annuals I chose were lobelia (Lobelia) and stream alyssum (Lobularia). In the video below I share the plants I chose and what pollinators they attract.
I recommend growing your garden organically. I feel this is better for the environment and the pollinators that visit your garden. Chemicals leech into the soil around your garden and even into drainage ditches from there they can get into our rivers, streams and lakes. Compost is a great fertilizer that is environmentally friendly – simply spread 3 inches on top of your garden yearly but be sure not to pile it around tender plant stems or too close to woody stems. Another option is to add 3 inches of mulch instead of compost – or create your own #DIY combination of both but keep the level right at 3 inches for the best results. Compost and mulch both conserve water. Another way to conserve water without sacrificing your garden is to set up a rain barrel and water your plants using rain water you harvest. Some gardeners even create a circular shallow ditch in the dirt around their plants to collect the morning dew.
I hope my story will encourage you to begin creating your dream garden by heading over to your local garden center or Lowes to buy #Monrovia plants. I know you will love them as much as I do once you give them a try! #LetsGarden! Isn’t it about time you started connecting to the Earth with #Monrovia plants!
Here is an extra special challenge for those of you who already grow #Monrovia plants – please share with me and your social media friends some unique reuses of Monrovia plant containers! Recycling them is a great way to be environmentally friendly!