One of the joys of having a flower garden is attracting lovely insects like dragonflies.
Did you know dragonflies are one of the oldest known insects? They like wet areas, so ponds and fountains can help attract them. They are not just lovely to watch, they are also helpful in keeping undesirable insects in check, especially flies and mosquitoes.
A pond in a sunny location, but without fish, will help support all stages of dragonfly life. They like to land on tall items, so decorative stakes and trellises might help attract them as well.
We find that black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirtais) is a favorite and it grows well in our Utah landscapes. Any flowers that attract smaller bugs will help bring dragonflies too (they need a food source).
Do you have dragonflies visiting your garden?