Plant a Winter Nectar Feast!
Bees and butterflies need nectar! Plant Winter bloomers NOW with Tora Rocha on Saturday, July 21 at 11 am!
Winter nectar feast!

Winter is Coming!

While gardeners sometimes consider Winter a period of rest in the garden, that's definitely not the case for hungry pollinators. Bees, butterflies (especially Monarchs!), other pollinators and beneficial insects need sustenance more than ever and NOW is the time to plant nectar-rich Winter bloomers!

Join Tora Rocha, tireless pollinator advocate and founder of Oakland's Pollinator Posse on Saturday, July 21 at 11 am for an enlightening discussion, Winter gardening best practices (hint: how to protect important habitat for burrowing insects by NOT cutting back grasses, etc.) and her favorite tried-and-true Winter nectar wonders. Timing is everything, and Tora will cover how to plant a succession of blooms to sync with the first winged arrivals! Don't miss it!

Our Winter Bloomers
bring all the pollinators to the yard!

Anisodontea sp. 'Strybing Beauty'
Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel'

Anisodontea sp. 'Strybing Beauty'
Do you like feeding bees? How about butterflies? NON-STOP BLOOM 12-months a year make this one of Tora's favorite and most-reliable Winter nectar sources! One of the best pollinator shrubs we've ever seen AND it's heat and drought tolerant, easy and fast! Win-win!

Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel'
Smothering itself in richest royal blueness, this super-bloomy, EASY and deer resistant annual creates a quick explosion of captivating color. Blooms 1.5 months, then cut it back to 3” for a second blast of color. Can live over and bloom in mild winter areas. Self-sows!

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Chim Chiminee’
Tithonia rotundifolia ‘The Torch’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Chim Chiminee’ ON SALE!
Gorgeous quilled petals in a dazzling array of sunny yellow, ruby red, peach, rust and bi-colors radiate from a rich, chocolate central disc on this hard-to-find "Black Eyed Susan". Hardy to USDA zone 5, it'll bloom till frost and self-sow freely!

Tithonia rotundifolia ‘The Torch’
Plant bushy, multi-branchy “Mexican Sunflower” now for a 4’ x 3’explosion of 4” orange flowers come Winter, providing nectar for Pipevine and Western Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs and more. Another of Tora's must-have nectar plants!

Salvia chiapensis “Chiapas Sage”
Aster novae-angliae ‘Skyscraper’

Salvia chiapensis “Chiapas Sage”
We're huge fans of this Salvia because it blooms year-round here in coastal California! Easy and long lived with plentiful nectar-rich rose-fuchsia flowers on long wands. Hummers! Deer resistant. Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Aster novae-angliae ‘Skyscraper’
A monster of an Aster, ‘Skyscraper’ makes a smorgasbord of bloom on a robust 5’x 5’ shrub over several months. EASY, reliable and showy, it only gets bloomier each successive year. Deer resistant! Hardy USDA zone 4!

Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ Asclepias curassavica

Verbena lilacina
‘De La Mina’

Our most floriferous and robust CA native plant - hands down! Flowers almost ALL YEAR LONG with fragrant lavender blooms with little water or care once established. Adaptable to a wide range of soils, it captivates and feeds bees, butterflies and other Winter visitors. USDA zone 7!

Asclepias curassavica
Evergreen and everblooming “Mexican Milkweed” produces endless 3-4” flower clusters on a bushy 3' x 3' shrub. An excellent Winter nectar source, protect Monarchs from potentially spreading OE disease by cutting back foliage in late Fall. It'll put up fresh foliage and flowers in time for Winter visitors. Hardy USDA zone 8.

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