Lot’s of people can’t always distinguish a bumblebee from a honeybee, much less recognize many of our lesser known native bees that are often tiny and literally buzz under the radar. But trust us, they’re all there and hungry for that delicious pollen that both annuals and perennials provide. Help the bees and all their friends the butterflies and birds by planting these POLLINATOR POWERHOUSE PLANTS. Different bees have different plant preferences, so PLANT LOTS of VARIETY – it’s the spice of life for them too!

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot’

Ooh, la la – lovely, lovely apricot colored Cosmos. “Are they really apricot?” you ask. Yes! Dreamy flowers with an iridescent pink blush towards the center bloom like crazy on a bushy 3’ x 3’ plant. Generally a late bloomer, from August to November, but sooo worth the wait. Combine it with Scabiosa caucasica ‘Fama Blue’ and Antirrhinum ‘Chantilly Bronze’ for a mouthwatering garden vignette! DO NOT FERTILIZE this Cosmos or you’ll get more dense ferny foliage and fewer flowers.

Annual All zones

Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Florist's Pink'

THE BEE'S KNEES for attracting pollinators – this hot new "Pincushion" supplies zillions of pretty pink blooms loaded with pollen and nectar for native and honeybees spring thru fall with deadheading. A much loved cottage garden favorite, these “Florist’s” varieties are bred to have larger 2” “pinned” spherical flowers and longer stems perfect-for flower arranging. The blooms begin as raspberry-pink, shifting with time to soft pink so you get a multi-hued effect. Self-sows! Makes a rewarding annual in areas where it’s not hardy.

Perennial USDA zones 9-10
(Annual Elsewhere)

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’

A new DWARF version of the much-loved, big-bang-for-the-buck garden essential, Verbena bonariensis. Now you can use it in the front of your beds, mid-bed, or in containers – with its nice bushy, rounded form reaching only 2’ x 3’. With an incredibly long bloom season (from spring to December) – it’s one of the best bee and butterfly plants and is also popular with hummers. EASY, low maintenance and pest free, it’s drought tolerant, too, but lovelier with some summer water and an annual side dress of compost. Reseeds for freebies!

Perennial USDA Zones 6-11

Tagetes lemmonii "Mexican Marigold"

EASY EASY EASY! This almost ever-blooming shrub flowers all year long with its most exceptional display in winter! 2” bright yellow marigold-esque flowers bloom in profusion on a 4’x6’ somewhat sprawling shrub with finely cut delicate leaves renowned for their fragrant musky mint scent. Tolerates clay and fairly non-fertile soils – try it in places where “nothing grows”! Makes a great food sources for hungry butterflies and bees during those months of scarcity. Prune at any time for best shape or to control size. And don’t worry, it will bounce back after a freeze.

Perennial Shrub USDA zones 8-11

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Helenium autumnale 'Red Shades'

Just when so much of your garden is “going to seed” you can rely on this vigorous and EASY late season perennial to bring on plenty of flashy deep coppery-red color & buckets of long lasting 2” cut flowers. Upright and multistemmed to 3’ high and 30” wide, the eye-catching shades of yellow, tangerine, and red “sun hats” make their appearance August to October. Lovely with late season blues like Delphinium 'Bellamosum', blue Salvias, or the black of Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black’. Can tolerate intense heat and clay but best in rich soil.

Perennial USDA Zones 3-10

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
“Red Buckwheat”

We sing the praises of beautiful Buckwheats early and often! Fantastic for attracting all manner of pollinators! This hard-to-find, choice and goof-proof evergreen “Buckwheat” from the Channel Islands thrives on neglect and prefers dry, clay soil! One of the best butterfly magnets around, providing lots of sum­mer color for your habitat, native or dry garden. The shortest, most delicate looking of the “Buckwheats,” it’s also evergreen, forming a nice, low, dense 1’ x 3’ mound of spoon shaped leaves, green above and wooly below. Excellent for massing on dry hillsides..

CA Native Perennial USDA Zones 8b-10

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