Jennifer Davit, Director, the Lurie Garden
Consider drought-tolerant plants in areas of your lawn and garden that seem to have taken a hard hit with this year’s hot, dry weather.
Many drought-tolerant plants also attract wildlife like birds and pollinators.
Suggestions for drought-tolerant, wildlife-attracting plants include ornamental onion, calamint, Eastern bee balm and prairie dropseed.
You can plant these now, but water thoroughly.
If you are trying to attract wildlife to your home, be sure not to spray harmful pesticides!
There are many varieties of plantings that attract honeybees. Selections at the Lurie Garden – which are available at various garden centers in the area – include Calamintha nepeta ssp. Nepeta- Calamint, Salvia- sage, Nepeta- catmint, Pcynanthemum muticum and Aster- aster, among others. You should plant at least five plants of one variety to attract bees and supply pollen and nectar and plant a succession of plants that will flower throughout the seasons so honeybees have pollen and nectar over a long period of time.