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Perennials for Pollinators

Jun 01 2014

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 pollinator favourite.

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!

 

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