Celebrate National Pollinator Week and
BEE-Friend the Bees, Butterflies & Birds with these Pollinator-Loving Beauties

Happy National Pollinator Week! We know, you know how important it is to include pollinator plants in your garden, to provide not only a food source for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, but to provide shelter and habitat too. No matter what your garden style, sun, space or height needs, or color themes, we’ve got annual and perennial options aplenty. We’ve assembled some of our FAVEY FAVE summer to fall, bee-loving bloomers here. But want more? Check out or complete list of bee-loving and butterfly-loving plants online and add some new pollinator plants to your garden.

'Ambrosia' New

This sweet and woody scented perennial displays continuous flower spikes, combining pale oranges, rose pinks, and creamy whites with clumps of delicate foliage that soon yield tall flowering stems beloved by bees and hummingbirds. This easy-to-grow, summer and early fall bloomer is a great way to add color and fragrance to sunny beds.

Perennial USDA Zones 5-11

Agastache aurantiaca

One of the most profuse and longest-blooming - summer thru fall - “Hummingbird Mints.” Tangerine-brushed-golden tubular blooms, silvery-green foliage, and a minty fragrance attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, making this a perfect choice for long summer color and hummer fun!.Admirably bushy, upright, 2.5’ x 2’ habit.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Buddleja globosa
"Orange Ball Tree"

This delightful “Butterfly Bush” from South America blooms all summer long with loose spikes of 1” spherical clusters of honey-scented orange blooms. Grows up to an impressive 15’ high and wide. Much loved by bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds.

Perennial USDA Zones 7b-10a

Buddleja lindleyana
"Butterfly Bush"

A prolific bloomer of pendulous violet-purple flowers reaching 1’ or more in length. Displays a dense weeping habit, with glossy deep evergreen foliage and an attractive cinnamon trunk. This butterfly magnet is easy. It does NOT require hard pruning and produces long-blooming and long-lasting cut flowers!

Perennial USDA Zones 5-10a

Helianthemum nummularium
'Belgravia Rose'

Simply lovely, this Mediterranean groundcover forms a low silvery 6-8” high by 3’ wide mat of grey-green foliage that’s perfect for cascading over a garden wall, a larger hanging basket, the front of a bed, or filling in a hell strip. The standout clusters of 1” bright chiffony cerise colored flowers with vivid yellow stamens are magnets for hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators!

Perennial USDA Zones 4-10

Oenothera missouriensis
"Ozark Sundrop"

This highly reliable perennial has stunning blooms that are HEAT and DROUGHT tolerant, making this a great asset in both well-drained rock and cottage gardens. 10” tall and 1-2.5’ across with attractive and substantial slender leaves, it blooms exuberantly spring thru fall, bearing countless large and luminous, lightly scented, 3-4”, silky bright lemon-yellow “saucers” that are loved by hummingbirds and hawkmoths.

Perennial USDA Zones 4-10a

Rudbeckia hirta
'Prairie Sun'

Summer sunshine incarnate! This beauty sports a clear lemon central disk and cheery golden yellow petals that will brighten up any summer or fall garden. Grows to 2’x2’ and in temperate climates, will winter over and keep on blooming if deadheaded.

Perennial USDA Zones 5-9
(Annual Elsewhere)

Helichrysum bracteatum
'Salmon Rose'

Delightful papery, double, 2” Strawflowers in peachy shades grow to 3’ tall and 2’ across. Fun and long-blooming, makes a showy addition to any garden. Attracts bees, and butterflies and will bloom through fall (with deadheading)!

Annual All Zones

Verbascum bombyciferum
'Arctic Summer'

This 5’ stunner is extremely tough and drought tolerant. Lemon yellow, 2” blooms are held on amazing 2’ across candelabra-like spikes that last for months. Cut back and more will appear! Spectacular, silvery, 3-5’ wide foliage rosettes are covered in white down. Easy in well-drained, poor to average soil. Self-sows!

Perennial USDA Zones 4-10
Echinops ritro ruthenicus

3” across, richly colored blue “tennis balls” stand out on strong multi-branching ghostly white stems above finely cut, shimmery silver foliage to 2’ across. Unfazed by the heat, it’s a perfect choice for a dry garden. Blooms mid-summer to fall. Loved by butterflies. Make unusual and fun cut flowers!

Perennial USDA Zones 3-10

Penstemon X gloxinioides

This Penstemon ‘Midnight’ is long-living and EASY. Grows to 3’ x 3’ with deep purple flowers, that are very popular with bees and hummingbirds. Takes drought on the coast but looks better with some summer water. May be cut back to 6” to encourage another round of blooms and then should be cut back hard in the winter.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10

Penstemon X gloxinioides

A long-lived and massive blooming Penstemon that reaches 3’ high x wide, with white-blushed-pink trumpets and substantial foliage. An excellent choice for mixed perennial, shrub gardens, and even dry gardens! Blooms spring thru fall and appreciates a side-dress of compost in spring and summer. Cut back spent spikes regularly to encourage rebloom.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-10a

This weekend in the nursery

Got more veggies than you can eat? Learn how to preserve your garden abundance with local educator Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, owner of Preserved in Oakland. In this fun talk she’ll demonstrate the basics of quick vinegar pickling and how to create delicious pickles at home with no special equipment, including how to make the iconic cucumber pickle and a mixed pickle composed of other seasonal veggies! Elizabeth, has over 15 years of experience with local, sustainable and handmade food.

WHEN: Sunday, June, 26th At 11:00 AM
WHERE: Retail Nursery – 740 Market Ave., Richmond CA
There are no advanced seating reservations for this talk. Seating is limited and first come, first served. However, there will be plenty of standing space for all.

Plus! Enjoy a Sweet Treat

The Pop Up Nation will also be here serving up their hand-crafted,100% Vegan & gluten-free POPS in delicious gourmet flavors like Banana Puddin', Blackberry, Orange Vanilla Cream, Sea Salted Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Lemonade and more!

Coming in July

A Talk with Lori Caldwell The CompostGal

Make a plan to come to the Nursery
on Saturday July 9th when Lori, The CompostGal, will be giving a talk about all things compost. Learn her
tips and tricks
for composting
at home to create your own “black gold” for your garden.

FREE: Saturday, July 9th at 10am in our retail nursery

There's still time to get planting your summer edibles garden! If you’re local, we have many more varieties in our retail nursery, including some great melons, and unusual tomato varieties that will grow in containers, or don’t mind the coastal coolness, are great for sauces and simply taste great.


It’s full of even more new plants that will make your summer gardens spectacular!

View it online or request a copy here. It's free!


To help keep you informed about the growing status of our summer crops, we’ve prepared a weekly Growing Status update for catalog plants as a pdf. If something isn’t available online now but is listed in the “Be Right Back” section (of our Catalog Growing Status update PDF) that means we have more successive crops growing and it will be available again real soon. Add these plants to your wish list and we’ll send you an email as soon as they’re back.

to see NEW PLANTS this week!
Or check out or current availability list for a fabulous selection!

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Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
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