Joy Boven, Perennial Manager at Bates Nursery, goes over ways to bring pollinators to the garden. She covers fall blooming perennials and annuals that are important food sources for pollinators. She also goes over the basic needs of pollinators, host plants, and how to successfully establish a pollinator-friendly garden.
Plants Mentioned in this Webinar:
Salvia (hummingbirds love salvia)
Raydon's Favorite-Gets about 3'x3'
October Skies-Gets about 2' x2'
Aster tataricus Jindai (Butterflies and bees LOVE their blooms)
Eupatorium maculatum-Gateway-gets 4-5' tall
Eupatorium maculatum-Phantom-gets 2-4' tall
Eupatorium dubium-More native to coastal areas, but does well in TN.
Eupatorium purpureum-Common native, will get 4-6' tall.
Salvia Black & Blue-Aggressive grower, but hummingbirds love it.
Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade'-Native to KY/Illinois, but does well in TN.
Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' gets 2-3' tall and wide
Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' 1-2' tall and wide
Solidago 'Little Lemon'-hybrid that stays around 1' tall
Autumn Joy-blooms in fall, loved by bees. 2'x2' tall. Very easy to grow.
Rudbeckia hirta-Semi-hardy in TN. Reseeds easily. Blooms later than many other rudbeckia varieties.
Vernonia lettermannii- gets 2-3' tall. Produces seeds for the birds, and flowers for bees & butterflies.
Vernonia 'Iron Butterfly'-gets 2-3' tall. Exhibits more of a dense growing habit than the lettermannii variety.
Host plant for Monarch butterflies.
Not native, but blooms in the fall and does not spread aggressively.
Spreading groundcover-be sure to confine it with strong borders or in a container. Swallowtail butterflies love these blooms.
Perennials for the Birds:
Perennial Host Plants:
Host plants support the reproductive and life cycle of certain pollinators.
Monarchs & Milkweed Tussock Moth:
Saddleback Caterpillar Moth:
A poem by Kathy Jo Blake-Bryant
Bumble bee, bumble bee,
You're as fuzzy as can be!
Your bumbly hum makes music sweet,
A black and yellow society!
Bumble Bee, bumble bee,
All the flowers depend on thee.
You share your pollen among them all,
And do it oh, so willingly!
Bumble bee, bumble bee
I'd love the countryside to see!
May I ride upon your back,
Say, friend, what will be your fee?
"Poetree" © February 28, 2020