Plan for pollinators

Now’s a great time to start planning your garden! If you want to give your vegetable crop a boost this year, consider adding more flowers that attract bees and other pollinators. Some of the best are natives to most areas of the country. The following plants have done very well in my zone 7 garden:

Swamp Milkweed – native; larval host plant for Monarch butterflies; thrives in wet soil

 

 

Joe Pye Weed – native; thrives in wet soil conditions; butterflies and bees love it; flowers towards end of summer when other plants are finishing

Source: bhg.com via Rudie on Pinterest

 

 

Anise hyssopnative; abundant purple blooms are bee and hummingbird magnets; foliage is edible, can be used in tea (smells and tastes like licorice)

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Rose of Sharon hibiscusheat and drought tolerant; bees go crazy for these blooms; lots of varieties with different flower colors

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[One word of warning about Rose of Sharon…it does produce copious amounts of seed that easily germinate…site carefully if you don’t want to be pulling up seedlings]

Bee Balmflowers & foliage have spicy fragrance; blooms are edible, attract hummingbirds and bees; new cultivars resist powdery mildew

 

 

Yarrownative; loves hot and dry weather; attracts bees as well as beneficial flies (not the pesky kinds) that help pollination; excellent cut flower

Source: bhg.com via Janelle on Pinterest

 

 

Coneflowernative; among the toughest of perennials, withstands heat and drought; draws butterflies and bees, and goldfinches who love the seeds in fall and winter

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