A Garden Full of Life: You Can Grow That!

Think about it--what is it that really makes a garden come alive? In my garden, it's the lively little critters. Of course there are some unfriendly bugs like mosquitoes, Asian beetles, and grasshoppers. Some of these little beauties on this "You Can Grow That!" blog can eat lots of the pests, so they definitely serve a purpose.
Common Green Darner dragonfly
It takes a variety of plants to keep the garden lively. Zinnias for butterflies and hummingbirds, fennel or dill and milkweed for swallowtail and monarch butterflies, coneflowers for birds, and plenty of large-leaved plants for little tree frogs that will hang out and eat bugs.
Black swallowtail on Zinnia

Monarch butterfly on Ageratum
Monarch larva on Asclepias tuberosa
Think of how much variety we enjoy in our daily lives. There is an entire aisle devoted to breakfast food, right? So why would it be any different for birds, butterflies and frogs?!!? Give them choices, steer clear of toxic chemicals, and your garden will be both colorful and lively. How can you go wrong?
Young tree frog

Dragon or damsel fly

Yellow finch on nyjer feeder

Tiger swallowtail butterfly on Liatris