Plain Gardening

Plain Gardening is on the road this week at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. In the shadow of the giant mechanical butterfly, you’ll find lots of real butterflies—as well as bees and birds—in the Pollinators’ Garden.

Bill says pollination is the reason plants bloom. The beautiful flowers are designed to attract insects and birds, who carry the pollen from one plant to the next…and if it’s beautiful to insects, it’s beautiful to us, too!

This garden is a great way to see what pollinators are and how they work. Plants that lure pollinators can bring a whole new level of color and interest to your garden at home. Bill says it’s not just about the flowers, but the insects they attract.

Many of the flowers in the pollinators’ garden have many small flowers in large clusters, like salvia, lantana, and mint. Some of the flowers look large, like the purple cone flower, but if you look closely, you’ll see the many smaller flowers the larger bloom contains.

Goldenrod puts on a spectacular show, and you’d think it would be chock-full of allergies…but you’d be wrong. We’ll do a whole show on why in a couple of weeks.

Oh, and small red blooms will attract hummingbirds.

The lesson at the pollinators’ garden is that if you grow these plants you’ll not only have beautiful flowers but the benefits that the bees and butterflies and birds bring.

So check out the pollinators’ garden at Mobile Botanical Gardens . You can also learn more by calling Bill’s radio show Sunday mornings from 9-11 on 106.5FM and by emailing

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