Our state flower, the black-eyed susan, is easy to grow along with daisies, bee balm (bergamot), joe pye weed and many others. One flower that I love is the zinnia although it’s not native (but not invasive so it’s OK). The type with flat flowers provides nectar for butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds — a trifecta! — as well as an important rest stop. Zinnias are easy to germinate, tolerate dry conditions and provide lots of color with minimal cost and effort. Then, as an extra treat when they go to seed, goldfinches visit, comically hanging upside down to peck at the food. Another bonus — zinnias will bloom until the cold weather hits, thus providing important waystations for the monarchs to rest as well as fuel up on their way to Mexico. Fewer flowers are in bloom at that time, another hardship for this essential animal.