Remember when plants had one job, like to sit there and look pretty? We want our gardens to sustain and nourish our bodies, soothe our souls, attract butterflies and hummingbirds, feed birds, repel mosquitos and deer, all while looking great. Here are some multi-tasking plants that are up to the challenge:

IMG_5399Marigold – The good old marigold…that hardy, traditional and multi-functional annual.  Attracting butterflies while repelling insects and attracting birds.  Who could ask for more?

yellow hibiscus

Hibiscus – This tropical beauty attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.  Plus, if your vacation becomes a staycation, you can marvel at the beautiful blooms and feel as though you got away from it all!

lavender_plants_r620x349Lavender – The fragance is delightful and unique.  It’s deer and rabbit resistant, attracts bees and butterflies, too.  If that’s not enough, lavender is low maintenance, drought resistant and so much more!  Check out this recipe for Lemon-Lavender Shortbread Cookies

bee balmBee Balm  This perennial is not only a looker when in bloom but has so many other talents.  It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.  Also called wild bergamont, the leaves are used in tea and it is said to provide bee sting relief. It’s also known for other medicinal purposes.


Lantana – The deer may shy way from this annual but the butterflies won’t and it’s drought resistant.  Looks great in hanging baskets, combo pots or as an edge in a garden.  The vibrant little blooms will provide color all season long.

For all these multi-tasking plants and more, come see us at the Corner Market.  We’re open daily until 7.

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