Hardworking & Beautiful: Plants that Pull Double Duty

Bumble bee pollinating a flower

Planting a garden just for the beauty has its benefits. A well-designed landscaping plan provides organic movement and texture that enhances the beauty of your home. However, there are some plants that can go the extra step and make your gardens functional and pretty. If you want to put your garden to work, read on to learn about a few plants you can add to your home’s landscape that are both beautiful and hardworking.

A butterfly resting on flowers A butterfly resting on flowers

Pollinator Plants

Attracting bees and butterflies to your garden not only connects you with nature but also makes for healthier plants and gardens. We know pollen helps plants to grow and reproduce, but it is even more essential if you’ve joined the legions of people who have begun growing their own vegetables. Native plant gardens are natural attractors for pollinators, but interspersing other pollinator plants in a more diverse landscaping plan or garden is another great way to bring in the bees and butterflies. Plants like milkweed, wild bergamot, and hyssop will bring bursts of color and texture to your beds while inviting in those pollinators.

A bunch of Chrysanthemums A bunch of Chrysanthemums

Pest Resistant Plants

Spend any time outdoors at dusk in the St Louis summertime, and you’re bound to start swatting at the air around you. Keeping the bugs at bay is not only a matter of being able to enjoy your space but also protecting yourself from a vector-borne illness carried by a mosquito or tick. Citronella grass, lavender, chrysanthemums, and petunias are all pest-fighting plants. If you want your garden to pull dinner duty and fight bugs, try planting mint, garlic, rosemary, and basil. If the changing your plantings isn’t high on your list but you still want to combat mosquitos safely, stop by our garden center to say “Hi” while picking up some organic mosquito repellant.

Lily's in a valley Lily's in a valley

Deer-Resistant Plants

If you haven’t awakened to a hosta devoured by a deer, have you really had a garden in Missouri? Putting up fencing to protect your plants can be costly and, indeed, can detract from the beauty of a carefully planned flower bed. While no plant is completely deer-proof, there are some plants, usually varieties that are particularly fragrant, that can help. That is why we have added a special section at Frisella Nursery dedicated to varieties of deer-resistant plants. Particularly effective in keeping the deer away are plants like lily of the valley, daffodils, Russian sage, foxglove, coneflowers, perennial ferns, and allium. However, there are several other options that you can choose from, and we can help you find the right one to fit with your vision for your landscape design.

What plants that pull double duty would you like to add to your home garden? Let Frisella’s friendly and knowledgeable team help you find the right solution for what’s bugging you.

Also Reference: Check out the 2020 Planting Guide for a Successful 3-Season Pollinator Pantry Garden by the Saint Louis Parks Department.

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