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. Twilight Zone Little Bluestem Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium Twilight Zone, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    For a hardy and beautiful garden accent, 'Twilight Zone' Little Bluestem Grass features attractive upright foliage that is stunning in all four seasons. Blue-green foliage emerges in...

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    Twilight Zone Little Bluestem Grass Twilight Zone Little Bluestem Grass PP#27432 Schizachyrium scoparium Twilight Zone PP#27432
    As low as $26.98 Sale $13.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    For a hardy and beautiful garden accent, 'Twilight Zone' Little Bluestem Grass features attractive upright foliage that is stunning in all four seasons. Blue-green foliage emerges in spring and develops a purple cast at the edges for an iridescent mid-summer glow. In winter, this native cultivar turns tawny brown, creating architectural accents and wildlife habitat.(Schizachyrium)
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  2. 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 $11.98 Sale $5.99
    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).
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  3. New England Aster KICKIN® Lilac Blue, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae KICKIN® Lilac Blue

    KICKIN® 'Lilac Blue' Aster is an autumn herald, blooming in late summer with hundreds of pale purple flowers that attract butterflies and bees through fall. This native cultiva...

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    KICKIN® Lilac Blue Aster New England Aster KICKIN® Lilac Blue Symphyotrichum novae-angliae KICKIN® Lilac Blue
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    KICKIN® 'Lilac Blue' Aster is an autumn herald, blooming in late summer with hundreds of pale purple flowers that attract butterflies and bees through fall. This native cultivar has captured the late season color and pollinator power that we love in full-size Asters in a compact, bushy habit with longer-lasting blooms. KICKIN® 'Lilac Blue' Aster is a long-lived perennial that is deer and rabbit resistant. (Symphyotrichum)
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  4. Purple Miss Kim Korean Lilac, Syringa pubescens subsp. patula Miss Kim

    Extend your Lilac season with this easy-to-grow variety. Miss Kim blooms later than other Lilacs and ignites the senses with an abundance of highly-fragrant, lavender blooms. (Syring...

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    Miss Kim Korean Lilac Miss Kim Korean Lilac Syringa pubescens subsp. patula Miss Kim
    As low as $29.98 Sale $14.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    Extend your Lilac season with this easy-to-grow variety. Miss Kim blooms later than other Lilacs and ignites the senses with an abundance of highly-fragrant, lavender blooms. (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula)
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  5. Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass,Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks in the garden, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem Grass is a cultivar of a fine native prairie grass that has taken the gardening world by storm. Foliage emerges dark green, shifting to a deep purple that d...

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    Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass PP#27949 Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks PP#27949
    As low as $22.98 Sale $11.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem Grass is a cultivar of a fine native prairie grass that has taken the gardening world by storm. Foliage emerges dark green, shifting to a deep purple that darkens as summer turns to fall, culminating in purple blooms with tiny white seeds. This long-lived grass provides bold contrast in gardens or meadows, offering privacy, year-round visual interest, and habitat for birds and pollinators.(Andropogon)
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  6. Crimson Red Oriental Poppy, Papaver orientale Crimson Red

    A classic perennial for mid-spring color, few flowers are as arresting as 'Crimson Red' Oriental Poppy. Vivid red petals surround a black center for a powerful draw to early ...

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    Crimson Red Oriental Poppy Crimson Red Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Crimson Red
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A classic perennial for mid-spring color, few flowers are as arresting as 'Crimson Red' Oriental Poppy. Vivid red petals surround a black center for a powerful draw to early season pollinators. Crepe-paper-like flowers contrast vividly against hairy, grey-green foliage. Deer and rabbit resistant, this cold-hardy long-lived perennial is perfect for worry-free gardening. (Papaver)
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  7. Highland Cream Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Highland Cream, close up of pale flower spikes

    'Highland Cream' Creeping Thyme is versatile as a groundcover and a great perennial plant. With poor soils, sharp drainage,and good sun exposure, this thyme will respond with spreadi...

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    Highland Cream Creeping Thyme Highland Cream Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox Highland Cream
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Highland Cream' Creeping Thyme is versatile as a groundcover and a great perennial plant. With poor soils, sharp drainage,and good sun exposure, this thyme will respond with spreading variegated foliage, citrus fragrance,and charming pale flower spikes that draw pollinators. 'Highland Cream'is deer and rabbit resistant and can tolerate moderate foot traffic in pathways. (Thymus)
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  8. Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme, Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange, close up of lavender-pink flower spikes

    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergree...

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    Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergreen foliage in early summer, attracting pollinators. Its low-growing habit is perfect between stepping stones where it can handle light foot traffic, along the front of a border, or in a container. (Thymus)
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  9. Coral Bells Caramel, Heuchera Caramel, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy...

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    Caramel Coral Bells Caramel Coral Bells PP#16560 Heuchera Caramel PP#16560
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy-colored hue, inviting pollinators to the garden with lovely pink flowers. 'Caramel' Coral Bells provides lasting contrast and texture throughout the growing season, holding up well to summer’s humidity and heat. (Heuchera)
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  10. Coral Reef Oriental Poppy, Papaver orientale Coral Reef, close up of flower bloom

    Refined yet bold, 'Coral Reef' Oriental Poppy combines the delicacy and grace of annual cultivars with the vigor of perennial Oriental Poppies. Fern-like foliage is curiousl...

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    Coral Reef Oriental Poppy Coral Reef Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Coral Reef
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Refined yet bold, 'Coral Reef' Oriental Poppy combines the delicacy and grace of annual cultivars with the vigor of perennial Oriental Poppies. Fern-like foliage is curiously soft and adds beautiful texture to the strong, upright flower stems. Large silky blooms are a delicate shade of coral, enchanting with silken petals surrounding a deep purple-black center. (Papaver)
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  11. Fragrant Returns Daylily, Close up of Yellow Daylily Flower

    ‘Fragrant Returns’ Daylily blooms again and again with sweetly scented lemon-yellow flowers, adored by butterflies and hummingbirds on blooms from mid-summer to fall. Petals are ...

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    Fragrant Returns Daylily Fragrant Returns Daylily Hemerocallis Fragrant Returns
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
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    ‘Fragrant Returns’ Daylily blooms again and again with sweetly scented lemon-yellow flowers, adored by butterflies and hummingbirds on blooms from mid-summer to fall. Petals are lightly ruffled along the margin and gracefully curve back. Low-growing ‘Fragrant Returns’ is perfect for containers and the front of borders. These plants stand up to high heat and humidity in full sun to part shade gardens. (Hemerocallis hybrid)
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  12. Spotted Joe Pye Weed with pink flowers and visiting pollinator, Eupatorium maculatum

    The large, fragrant flower clusters of Joe Pye Weed are always abuzz with pollinator activity. Their abundant nectar provides a vital food source from late summer into fall. This low...

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    Joe Pye Weed Spotted Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium maculatum
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The large, fragrant flower clusters of Joe Pye Weed are always abuzz with pollinator activity. Their abundant nectar provides a vital food source from late summer into fall. This low-maintenance native plant is rabbit- and deer-resistant and thrives in moist soil. Give this tall, majestic perennial plenty of room and it will spread to form impressive stands. (Eupatorium maculatum)
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