BugGuide is a great bug reference site where naturalists spend time cataloging and identifying bugs of the United States and Canada. It's hosted by the Iowa State University Entomology Department and is a free resource for people looking for information or identification. The site is an invaluable tool for gardeners who just want to know which bugs are visiting their garden.
The design is nice and simple and the site is easy to navigate. You can click on the illustration of a particular bug on the left hand side for information about it.
If you've ever wondered "what's this bug?" after encountering a creepy crawly in your garden, check out this reference. You can upload pictures of a particular bug to get an ID, and the site also has a small forum you might like if you're a naturalist or a bug geek.
Favorite or New Plant
One of my favorite flowering plants for a mixed border is striped mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'). It brings a sense of the old fashioned to the garden and grows happily in a sunny site with well-drained soil. Like its relatives hollyhocks and lavatera, striped mallow is tall and sturdy, boasting open, cup-shaped flowers. The pale lavender blooms are veined with dark purple and stunning enough to capture your full attention, regardless of what else is in the bed.
'Zebrina' begins blooming in mid-July and blooms nonstop until frost. It freely self sows (more plants!) and except for needing regular watering is absolutely carefree. Mature plants can reach 24 inches high with an equal spread, so provide lots of elbow room.