Grow a Pollinator Paradise

Help the bees, butterflies and birds by growing the plants they love most. One secret to a successful pollinator garden is to plant a diverse variety of floral food that blooms throughout the year. More diverse plant offerings, (10+ varieties, both natives and non-natives) will encourage your pollinators to linger longer and make them more likely to return. Did you know California has over 1,600 native bee species? Now is great time to plant so many of their favorite forage and nectar plants!

Want to learn even more about planting for pollinators? Check out this month’s BLOG in which Earl, the Curious Plantsman, offers up even more tips and plant suggestions for growing a great pollinator garden.

Tithonia rotundifolia
'The Torch'

Commonly called “Mexican Sunflower” it produces tons and tons of 4” wide intensely rich orange flowers that butterflies and bees swoon for. Wonderfully velvety soft stems and leaves. Tolerates heat like a champ. Grows 4’ tall by 3’ wide and loves full sun.

Annual All USDA Zones

Erigeron glaucus
'Wayne Roderick'

A superb plant for attracting CA native bees, this “Seaside Daisy” is perfect for pots and edging. Bearing a profusion of 2” lavender, short-stemmed flowers, it’s easy, tough, CLAY TOLERANT and reliably perennial. Long blooming Spring thru Fall.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Salvia greggii
'Royal Bumble'

The most INTENSE scarlet red blooms we’ve ever seen on a Salvia. They really stand out against black calyxes and prominent, black, upright stems. To 30” x 30” with a compact, bushy habit, it never stops blooming here in coastal California. Prune back a bit annually to maintain tidiness and side-dress with compost in spring. EASY, drought tolerant and deer resistant!

Perennial USDA Zones 7-10

Salvia x jamensis
‘Ignition Purple’

This newer Salvia hybrid is a seriously prolific bloomer – giving you hordes of good-sized 3/4” electric violet-purple blooms from spring thru fall. Neat and more compact than many Salvias – to 20” x 24” – it’s perfect for the front of your bed or container (5 gal). Best in loamy, well-drained soil with a side dress of compost each fall and spring.

Perennial USDA Zones 7-11
(Annual Elsewhere)

Angelica stricta purpurea

Rare and simply spectacular, we first discovered Angelica growing at the Mendocino Botanical Garden. Its foliage is a beautiful, luxurious, purple-black, that stand out like royalty amongst its neighbors. Huge ruby boat-shaped buds are followed by large, 4-5” umbels, that color shift from mauve to dark violet-purple. Much loved by butterflies, EASY, fairly fast, and blooms first year if spring planted.

Perennial USDA Zones 5-10a

Sidalcea malviflora 'Purpetta'

A super EASY variety of our West Coast native “Checkermallow” but much sturdier, with larger and richer, fuchsia-pink blooms- held on many strong, multi-branching upright stems. To 4’ tall, it’s a front or mid-bed beauty and swell for providing a vertical accent. Blooms summer thru fall, with deadheading. Cut flowers and butterflies! Tough, long lived and tolerant of less than perfect soil, but give it fertile, loamy soil for best show.

CA Perennial USDA Zones 5-10a

Aquilegia caerulea

The largest flowers we’ve ever seen on a Columbine! Also one of the longest blooming - through mid-summer. Cut back to a few inches tall when it’s done and it will bloom again in the fall. Unlike so many modern hybrids, it’s reliably perennial, long-lived and FRAGRANT! 3’ x 2’. Rich soil is best.

Perennial USDA Zones 3-10

Aquilegia caerulea
'Rose Queen'

Intense, dark rosy pink outer petals contrast beautifully with white centers on 2” wide, long-spurred blooms. Makes a great cut flower! Its vigorous upright, airy habit make it a nice addition to woodland gardens, sunny rock gardens, and cottage gardens. 2’x2’ when in bloom, with flowers borne on tall branching stems held about 1’ above showy, lacy foliage.

Perennial USDA Zones 3-10

Zauschneria californica var. latifolium
'Everett's Choice'

One of our favorite California native late-summer thru fall bloomers! Profuse glowing-red trumpet flowers and dense shimmery grey-green foliage, it spreads quickly by the roots to form a rounded 6” tall and 4-5’ wide mat, perfect for low maintenance slopes, driveway edging and along pathways. Let it spill over a wall or cascade out of a raised bed. MOBs of HUMMERS are certain to gorge on the nectar. Vigorous, TOUGH as NAILS and heat and drought tolerant, just provide fertile, well-drained soil and at least an occasional drink of Summer water for lush display. Cut back to 1” in Winter. Deer resistant! Deciduous.

CA Native Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Aster chilensis
'Purple Haze'

This UBER-TOUGH California native Aster, performs like a champ bursting into a cloud of 1.5”-2” golden-eyed, lavender “daisy” blooms August to October, even in the driest part of your garden! It’s happy in any soil including CLAY, is EXTREMEMELY DROUGHT TOLERANT, HEAT TOLERANT and much loved by butterflies and bees. To 2.5’ tall and wide, it’s a good choice for parking strips and neglected areas. Spreads vigorously by rhizomes in well watered gardens, not much with low water. Great in containers. Cut back to ground after bloom. Deciduous. Deer resistant!

CA Native Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Agastache rugosa
'Heronswood Mist'

This fine “Hummingbird Mint” is a nursery staff favorite due to its earlier and long bloom season, and appealing habit . With its tidy compact mounding 26” tall x 2’ wide form and phenomenal number of bloom spikes, it’s a champ both in the garden or container. Erect narrow rich purple 6-8” bloom spikes crowd above the licorice-scented foliage for months, bringing lots of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Great summer thru fall bloomer that adds valuable vertical character to the garden.

Perennial USDA Zones 7-10a

Salvia purpurea
'Lavender Lace'

The very definition of showy this large bushy Salvia reaches 6’x7’ if allowed to attain full size, but can be pruned to maintain a more compact size. Known as a fall to spring bloomer, hummingbirds go crazy for it, especially when their food sources are scarce, but large butterflies and bees also love it! Reseeds for freebies. Deer resistant. Provide rich, compost, well-draining soil.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11
(Annual Elsewhere)

Check out “Annie’s Totally Useful Plant Lists” for even more Bee, Butterfly and Hummingbird favorite plant options to grow in your Pollinator Paradise garden.

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