Bee Balm: How To Plant, Grow, and Care for Monarda

Crimson beebalm (Monarda didyma)

We all want to encourage pollinators to populate our gardens. After all, without those pollinating insects, we don’t have flowers or produce! And so, to draw beneficial insects to our yards, we tend to use plants like bee balm. But what is bee balm, exactly? It’s a part of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and an … Read more

8 Native Shrubs and Trees for Midwestern Fall Color

Chokeberry (Aronia)

We all love trees and shrubs that have beautiful fall color. We also love birds and butterflies. We can help these creatures by asking for native plants when we shop at garden centers. See: 16 Invasive Species Sold at Garden Centers You Should Never Buy Butterflies need native plants to reproduce successfully and produce caterpillars. … Read more