The following full sun garden design and instructions is provided by the Living Prairie Museum. All of these plants provide pollen and nectar. Some are larval host plants provide seeds for birds. For additional tips and guidelines to create this full sun garden, click here.
Requirements: Full sun, native perennial plants, and <50ft² of yard space.
Plant variety and layout:
|1. Prairie crocus (Anemone patens)||Attracts bees and other pollinators|
|2. Northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)||Larval host plant for hawk and tiger moths|
|3. Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)||Attracts bees and other pollinators|
|4. Prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)||Attracts birds and other pollinators|
|5. Giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)||Attracts birds and other pollinators|
|6. Bergamot (Mondarda fistulosa)||Attracts bees and other pollinators|
|7. Prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana)*||Larval host plant for American painted ladies|
|8. Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)||Larval host plant for Monarch butterflies|
|9. Smooth fleabane (Erigeron glabellus)||Attracts bees and other pollinators|
*alternative - Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)