Perennials for Pollinators
As June is perennial gardening month, it’s
time to get inspired with beautiful perennials to compliment your landscape
with colour and foliage that will return every year. In addition to offering
beautiful blooms for the garden, the favourites we’re highlighting this month
at Brock Road Nursery will also attract pollinators to your yard – specifically
butterflies, hummingbirds and bees!
Echinacea ‘Raspberry Truffle’ – A recent introduction to the Echinacea family
is a pink double-bloomer called ‘Raspberry Truffle’. Featuring a double bloom
that emerges coral pink and eventually develops a strawberry-peach pompom
centre, this Echinacea also has dark stems and is attractive to butterflies. Cutting
off spent blooms through the growing season will promote repeated flowering,
and leaving some spent blooms through the winter will allow for winter interest
in the garden by providing a food source for wintering birds.
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – A common favourite selected from the Agastache
family is ‘Blue Fortune’, featuring wands of violet-blue flowers with
licorice-scented leaves. Removing faded blooms will help to lengthen the
flowering time from midsummer to early fall. Agastache is attractive to butterflies,
and in the nursery you often hear the buzz of bumblebees as you approach this
Mondara ‘Grand Parade’ – This selection of Beebalm has large, shaggy,
purple-lavender flowers from mid to late summer that sit atop fragrant green
foliage. Attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, Beebalm is an excellent
selection not only for pollinators, but is also great in perennial border.
Sedum Sunsparkler ‘Dazzleberry’ – A good groundcover type of Stonecrop,
Sunsparkler is a groundcover that boasts large clusters of raspberry-pink
flowers during late summer through to early fall. Great in mass-plantings or
borders in sunny locations, this plant grows in compact mounds with blue-grey
leaves. Attractive to bees and butterflies, this Sedum is also an excellent
choice for container planting.
To view these and other pollinator
favourites; visit our pollinator table and enjoy both the blooms and the bees!