Favourite Perennials for Pollinator Gardens

Pollinators are on our minds these days as we wait for the arrival of the Monarch butterflies.  Our perennial section is refreshed every week with new deliveries.

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias):  this is the monarch caterpillars host plant.  This is just one of the most ornamental of the milkweed varieties, featuring showy clusters of tiny bright orange flowers.  In addition to being a vital food source for the larval stage of monarchs, many other butterflies and nectar seekers will flock to this plant. (bright orange from June to September)

BeeBalm (Monarda):  this pollinator superstar has pompom like clusters of tubular flowers that are irresistible to native bees and bumblebees.  Also identified as a valuable nectar plant for monarchs and will attract hummingbirds to your garden.  (lavender, pink and red blooms from June to September)

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium):  large vanilla-scented flower clusters attract big showy butterflies such as monarchs and swallowtails along with many native bees and other insects.  Little Joe is a good dwarf variety for small gardens. (purple flowers from July to September)

Joe Pye Weed

Anise Hyssop (Agastache):  this culinary herb satisfies the sugar craving of a variety of pollinators.  Honeybees love feeding on the super-sweet nectar of the densely packed purple flowers (bloom time June to September)

Aster:  an important late-season food source of pollen and nectar for native bees as well as sustain mon arch butterflies during their fall migration. (blooms of purple, blue, pink and white from August through October)

Blazing Star (Liatris):  also known as gayfeather for its fuzzy, deep purple flower spikes, this native prairie plant will bring a mix of colourful butterflies to your garden. (purple and white blooms from mid to late summer)

Coneflowers (Echinacea):  the open, natural, daisy like flower provides an ideal feeding plant form for monarchs and swallowtails.  Other insect pollinators will also feast on the sweet nectar of these long-blooming perennials (purple, pink, white, yellow, red blooms from June to September)