Town of Hanna joins Hanna in Bloom in encouraging residents to plant Cosmos or Salvia this year as part of our community “Pollinator Promotion”.
Cosmos are annuals, grown for their showy flowers. The flower heads may be bowl – or open cup – shaped and grow on long stems. Cosmos are easy to grow from seed and make good border or container plants. They make for good cut flowers in arrangements and also attract birds, bees and butterflies to your garden.
Cosmos produce 3 to 5 inch daisy like flowers in various colors, including pink, orange, red and yellow, white and maroon. These beautiful plants can reach 6 feet tall. This stunning annual will also re-seed in your garden or you can collect seeds to share with your gardening friends.
Salvia (also called garden sage or common sage) is a perennial of the mint family. Salvia tolerates very light shade but does best in full sun. It prefers dry to medium moisture in well-drained soil.
Salvia plants are usually around 2 feet in height and width with woody stems and blue to purplish flowers that grow in short, upright spikes in late spring. Wrinkled gray-green leaves grow up to 4 inches long and are strongly aromatic. They are frequently used fresh or dried in cooking as seasoning and is an attractive garden plant.
With these suggestions, you’ll bring bright and beautiful flowers to your neighbourhood for people and pollinators to enjoy. Plants such as Cosmos and Salvia provide pollen and nectar for pollinators near your home and become a champion for Canadian honey bees.
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