Attract Pollinators

Attract Pollinators

Attract Pollinators

Perennial flowers that attract pollinators to your garden

Plant these perennials and you're sure to have loads of beneficial pollinators visiting your garden, including butterflies, bees, moths and hummingbirds. The flowers listed here have been chosen for their colors, shapes and fragrance, and are all varieties known to attract and support pollinators - perfect for planting near veggie beds.

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  1. Blue Aster Wood's Blue, Aster dumosus

    Excellent low growing Dwarf Aster Wood's Blue is one of the big favorites among the short asters. Wonderful for edging or the front of the border with fine textured foliage to contra...

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    Wood's Blue Aster New York Aster Wood's Blue Aster novi-belgii Wood's Blue
    $14.65 Sale $10.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Excellent low growing Dwarf Aster Wood's Blue is one of the big favorites among the short asters. Wonderful for edging or the front of the border with fine textured foliage to contrast with the dense flowers. (Aster)
  2. Sensational!™ Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™ harvested in a baskest

    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flo...

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    Sensational!™ Lavender Sensational!™ Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
    As low as $9.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flower spikes. With a compact, dense habit and notable durability for sun, heat, and humidity, as well as cold tolerance, Sensational stands apart from many traditional Lavender varieties. A favorite of honeybees, these fragrant flowers will attract a wide range of pollinators. (Lavandula x intermedia)
  3. Magnus Echinacea, Coneflower

    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent...

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    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
  4. Purple Russian Sage Lacey Blue, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Dwarf Russian Sage

    'Lacey Blue' Russian Sage boasts wonderful spikes of lavender-blue flowers that bloom from mid summer all the way into early fall, providing extended interest with its fragrant, gray...

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    Lacey Blue Russian Sage Dwarf Russian Sage Lacey Blue PP#20845 Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue PP#20845
    $9.32 Sale $8.85
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Lacey Blue' Russian Sage boasts wonderful spikes of lavender-blue flowers that bloom from mid summer all the way into early fall, providing extended interest with its fragrant, gray foliage. A tough, hardy, and drought-resistant perennial that handles heat and humidity beautifully, 'Lacey Blue' also provides late-season food for bees. PP#20845 (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  5. Red Phlox Starfire, Phlox paniculata, Garden Phlox in the garden

    'Starfire' Phlox is a standout variety with striking, cherry-red flowers and dark burgundy-bronze leaves. Its fragrant, showy blooms attract a variety of pollinators to the garden, i...

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    Starfire Phlox Garden Phlox Starfire Phlox paniculata Starfire
    $8.65 Sale $7.35
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Starfire' Phlox is a standout variety with striking, cherry-red flowers and dark burgundy-bronze leaves. Its fragrant, showy blooms attract a variety of pollinators to the garden, including hummingbirds and butterflies. With vibrant color and an enthusiastic tendency to rebloom after deadheading, 'Starfire' makes a great addition to cutting gardens and summer bouquets. Prefers full sun. (Phlox paniculata)
  6. Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Caryopteris

    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ...

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    Longwood Blue Bluebeard Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis Longwood Blue
    $16.65 Sale $12.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ‘Longwood Blue’ is a taller selection that flowers later than other types, giving you color deep into the season. Striking when mass-planted. (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
  7. Blue Spruce Sedum, Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce

    This Sedum gets its name from small, blue leaves that resemble the needles of a blue Spruce. Cheerful yellow flowers emerge in the early summer. (Sedum reflexum)...

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    Blue Spruce Sedum Blue Spruce Stonecrop Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This Sedum gets its name from small, blue leaves that resemble the needles of a blue Spruce. Cheerful yellow flowers emerge in the early summer. (Sedum reflexum)
  8. Anise Hyssop close up of purple flowers with visiting pollinator, Blue Giant Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum

    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and a...

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    Anise Hyssop Anise Hyssop, Blue Giant Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.95
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and an easy-to-grow nature, this is a pollinator powerhouse favored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its leaves make a delicious tea too! Deer and rabbit resistant. (Agastache foeniculum)
  9. Coral Bells Palace Purple, Heuchera

    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18" tall. Perennial Plant Association Plant ...

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    Palace Purple Coral Bells Palace Purple Coral Bells Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple
    $13.32 Sale $12.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18" tall. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year 1991. (Heuchera micrantha)
  10. Winterthur Smooth Viburnum with flat-topped clusters of white flowers, Viburnum nudum Winterthur

    A versatile and adaptable native shrub, Winterthur Smooth Viburnum brings dynamic interest to the landscape. In spring, flat-topped clusters of lightly fragrant white blossoms grace ...

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    Winterthur Smooth Viburnum Winterthur Smooth Viburnum Viburnum nudum Winterthur
    As low as $15.99 Sale $13.59
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A versatile and adaptable native shrub, Winterthur Smooth Viburnum brings dynamic interest to the landscape. In spring, flat-topped clusters of lightly fragrant white blossoms grace the plant, drawing pollinators. Flowers are followed by berries that mature from pink to inky blue, providing food for birds. Glossy green foliage turns burgundy red in fall, contrasting beautifully with the berries. (Viburnum nudum)
  11. Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden

    The Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden will be buzzing with pollinators as butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees will pay frequent visits to the nectar-filled flowers. Thes...

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    Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden
    $116.65 Sale $105.99
    Per Garden of 12 Plants
    The Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden will be buzzing with pollinators as butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees will pay frequent visits to the nectar-filled flowers. These low-maintenance native plants will burst with blooms from mid spring through fall. Garden of 12 plants, with care instructions and a planting map.
  12. Purple Re-Blooming Daylily Purple D'Oro, close up of purple petals

    'Purple D'Oro' Reblooming Daylily is a standout variety bred from its namesake, the ever-popular and bloom-packed 'Stella D'Oro'. With lavender-purple flowers that delight throughout...

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    Purple D'Oro Reblooming Daylily Reblooming Daylily Purple D'Oro Hemerocallis Purple D'Oro
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Bag of 3
    'Purple D'Oro' Reblooming Daylily is a standout variety bred from its namesake, the ever-popular and bloom-packed 'Stella D'Oro'. With lavender-purple flowers that delight throughout the summer and finish the season strong with a second wave of blooms come fall, 'Purple D'Oro' is an easy care plant that asks little of the gardener. (Hemerocallis)
  13. PowWow White Echinacea growing in garden, photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    ‘PowWow White’ Coneflower is a robust echinacea with pristine petals, sturdy stems and neat, tidy foliage. Upright, center cones are eye-catching, transitioning from pale green a...

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    PowWow® White Echinacea Coneflower PowWow® White PAS702918 Echinacea purpurea PowWow® White PAS702918
    $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘PowWow White’ Coneflower is a robust echinacea with pristine petals, sturdy stems and neat, tidy foliage. Upright, center cones are eye-catching, transitioning from pale green at the base to pure gold at each tip. A fast grower, ‘Powow White’ is long-blooming, drought tolerant, and cold hardy once established. A haven for pollinators.
  14. Butterfly Bush Hot Raspberry, Buddleia

    Buzz 'Hot Raspberry' produces some of the most vibrant and fragrant blooms we've seen on a Butterfly Bush. Saturated raspberry-pink flowers bloom throughout the entire growing season...

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    Buzz® Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush Butterfly Bush Buzz® Hot Raspberry Buddleia davidii Buzz® Hot Raspberry
    $10.65 Sale $8.95
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Buzz 'Hot Raspberry' produces some of the most vibrant and fragrant blooms we've seen on a Butterfly Bush. Saturated raspberry-pink flowers bloom throughout the entire growing season, attracting loads of butterflies and hummingbirds to their sweet scent. With its compact shape, Buzz 'Hot Raspberry' is well-suited to containers and small spaces, but don't overlook this one for full-sized pollinator gardens and perennial beds. (Buddleia davidii)
  15. KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster, Aster novae-angliae, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a t...

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    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster Aster novae-angliae
    $7.99 Sale $6.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a time, providing a rich source of nectar for pollinators. This low-maintenance marvel maintains a tight, bushy habit without cutting back. (Aster novae-angliae)
  16. Purple Lavender Provence, Lavandula x intermedia, Lavender

    'Provence' Lavender is tolerant of poor soils and a true heat lover; it's even known to withstand heavy doses of summertime humidity. One of the tallest and most fragrant varieties, ...

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    Provence Lavender Lavender Provence Lavandula x intermedia Provence
    As low as $7.99 Sale $7.59
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Provence' Lavender is tolerant of poor soils and a true heat lover; it's even known to withstand heavy doses of summertime humidity. One of the tallest and most fragrant varieties, 'Provence' grows to be 30-36” tall and is an excellent choice for creating an aromatic hedge. With exceptionally long, mauve-purple spikes of flowers that are complemented by its silver-green foliage, it's a beautiful sight when swaying in the breeze. (Lavandula x intermedia).
  17. Purple Cardinal Flower Vedrariensis, Lobelia geradii

    A spectacular perennial for border and small space gardens, this vibrant Cardinal Flower’s violet blooms steal the show in the late season garden. Strong stems require no staking a...

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    Vedrariensis Lobelia Vedrariensis Cardinal Flower Lobelia gerardii Vedrariensis
    $9.32 Sale $7.92
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A spectacular perennial for border and small space gardens, this vibrant Cardinal Flower’s violet blooms steal the show in the late season garden. Strong stems require no staking and this pollinator favorite is sure to attract many winged friends to the garden. We recommend planting somewhere viewable in the garden, as you’ll want to watch the parade of butterflies and bees come to and from. Gorgeous on its own or paired with other Cardinal Flowers, Vedrariensis is a must-have for any perennial garden.
  18. Yellow Re-Blooming Daylily Hyperion, Hemerocallis, Re-Blooming Daylily, Close Up

    'Hyperion' Reblooming Daylily's cheerful, sunny-yellow blooms are prolific and sweetly fragrant. The large, 5" flowers last into the evening hours and are perfectly charming set agai...

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    Hyperion Reblooming Daylily Reblooming Daylily Hyperion Hemerocallis Hyperion
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
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    'Hyperion' Reblooming Daylily's cheerful, sunny-yellow blooms are prolific and sweetly fragrant. The large, 5" flowers last into the evening hours and are perfectly charming set against the tall, grass-like foliage. 'Hyperion' is a strong, easy-to-grow variety that has been in cultivation for over 80 years. Very cold hardy and attractive to butterflies. (Hemerocallis)
  19. PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea

    This unique Echinacea produces showy, rose-purple blooms that last throughout the summer, even without deadheading. PowWow Wild Berry puts out more flowers than any other Coneflower ...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea Coneflower PowWow® Wild Berry PAS702917 Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry PAS702917
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This unique Echinacea produces showy, rose-purple blooms that last throughout the summer, even without deadheading. PowWow Wild Berry puts out more flowers than any other Coneflower variety and will attract a variety if pollinators. Sturdy, upright stems make this echinacea a great choice for windy spots and cutting gardens alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
  20. Red and Yellow Daylily Frans Hals, Hemerocallis, Close Up

    'Frans Hals' Daylily adds a riot of color to the landscape in spring, reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow ...

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    Frans Hals Daylily Daylily Frans Hals Hemerocallis Frans Hals
    $12.65 Sale $9.49
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    'Frans Hals' Daylily adds a riot of color to the landscape in spring, reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow throats, with sunny yellow outer petals, 'Frans Hals' is content with a wide variety of conditions. A spectacular sight when planted in a large group or drift. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. (Hemerocallis)
  21. Aster Purple Dome

    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, mak...

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    Purple Dome New England Aster New England Aster Purple Dome Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome
    As low as $7.32 Sale $6.95
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, making it a great choice for containers, borders and small-space gardens. 'Purple Dome' bursts into bloom in the late summer, providing much-needed color and vital nectar for pollinators right when much of the garden has finished for the season. (Aster novae-angliae)
  22. Lesser Catmint, Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta with yellow butterfly

    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from earl...

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    Calamintha Lesser Catmint Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
    $11.99 Sale $11.39
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from early summer until fall, Calamintha attracts a host of pollinators. Drought tolerant plants spread gently and will drape over the edges of containers and rock walls, softening hard edges as a lovely filler, edging plant, or groundcover. 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year. (Calamintha nepeta)
  23. Purpleicious Veronica, Speedwell

    Purpleicious' Vernonica (also called Speedwell) brings intense violet color to the summer garden on fragrant, tapered spikes. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, 'Purpleiciou...

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    Purpleicious Veronica Speedwell Purpleicious PP#17639 Veronica Purpleicious PP#17639
    $9.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Purpleicious' Vernonica (also called Speedwell) brings intense violet color to the summer garden on fragrant, tapered spikes. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, 'Purpleicious' is overlooked by both deer and rabbits. Growing to only about 20” tall atop clumps of 6-8" mounded, green foliage, plant this one in a container or border garden for a gorgeous, fragrant statement. PP#17639 (Veronica)
  24. Purple Allium Millenium

    Celebrated for its abundance of 2” globe-shaped flowers blooming in a deep shade of rhubarby purple, ‘Millenium’ Allium is a compact plant perfect for borders. A deer-resistant...

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    Allium Millenium Millenium Ornamental Onion Allium Millenium
    $15.99 Sale $15.67
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Celebrated for its abundance of 2” globe-shaped flowers blooming in a deep shade of rhubarby purple, ‘Millenium’ Allium is a compact plant perfect for borders. A deer-resistant pollinator magnet, plant this easy grower for a tight swath of colorful pompoms that will call in dancing butterflies and busy bees. 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year. (Allium Millenium)
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