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These plants are for the bees and are beneficial to Honeybees as well as our many native bee species like Bumblebees and Leaf Cutter Bees. Bees generally see flowers that are in the blue and green spectrum better than those in the red spectrum although they can still find red flowers via the scent of the sugary nectar. Plants that have flowers that the bees can rest on are also beneficial, as gathering nectar and pollen is and arduous and all consuming task. Plants in the Bean and Pea Family (Fabaceae), Verbena Family (Verbenaceae), and those in the Mint Family (Lamiaceae) were seemingly designed with these guys in mind. Some plants like Hollies even provide a caffiene kick! So plant these and Bee happy!


Salmon Autumn Sage, Salvia

Salvia greggii 'Salmon'

Dark salmon colored flowers are produced from spring to fall with flowering being heaviest in spring and fall. Salmon Autumn Sage, a selection of the tough native Salvia greggii, is an excellent choice for Hummingbird gardens! This is a heat and sun loving as well as moderately drought tolerant perennial for the garden or containers. Provide full sun and good drainage for the best results. Item# 12491

Grows To: 18-30''H x 18-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Salmon El Capitolio Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Salmon El Capitolio'

Large, pendant orange to apricot colored Hibiscus flowers are centered by a narrow stalk tipped with a pompom of frilly petals creating a 'poodled' effect. The El Capitolio Hibiscus' have the potential to flower throughout the year under good conditions and with enough warmth and sunlight.The large flowers often have a streak of white and may even revert to single Hibiscus flowers during the short days of winter. Their unique form, flower size, vigor, and flower power all make the El Capitolio Hibiscus types some of our favorites for large tropical specimens. They can also be used as formal or informal shrubs for hedging and screens, as tree forms, or even trained into large espalier. Item# 632.

Grows To: 8'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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San Carlos Festival Salvia, Littleleaf Sage

Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'

From dark colored spikes and calyxes emerge vivid hot fuchsia colored two-lipped tubular flowers that are produced throughout the growing season on a mound forming, heat and sunloving perennial. San Carlos Festival Littleleaf Sage, a Yucca Do selection of Salvia microphylla from the mountains of Tamaulipas, Mexico, has proven to be a top garden performer with excellent season long flower power and reliable cold hardiness. The brightly colored, nectar rich flowers are sure to draw hummingbirds as well as bees and the occassional butterfly. Provide this tough perennial Salvia with a well-drained, fertile soil with average moisture, although, fully established plants are somewhat drought resistant the plants will flower best where they have at least some moisture available during the growing season. In areas that experience hard freezes plant this Salvia out between early spring to midsummer to ensure winter survival. Item# 12477

Grows To: 2'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sandankwa Viburnum

Viburnum suspensum

Large leathery, deep green, rounded to ovate, textured foliage is accented by small clusters of fragrant small white flowers in spring and are borne at the tips of the stems. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The Sandankwa Viburnum, Viburnum suspensum, is a vigorous large growing evergreen shrub to small tree that makes a quick and easy hedge or screen. If pollinated, the plant generally needs another Viburnum that flowers at the same time for cross pollination, it produces 1/4" diameter red berries that ripen in the fall and may be utilized by wildlife. Provide a *full sun to part sun location in an average moist, fertile, average to well-drained soil for optimum growth and vigor. Salt tolerant and deer resistant. Item# 12733
 

Grows To: 8-12'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sanguin Purple Coneflower

Echinacea sanguinea

3-4" wide light pink to purplish pink coneflowers with drooping narrow petals are held high above the foliage on sturdy 18-24" high stems. Flowers begin in May and may continue through August and they attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. The Sanguin Purple Coneflower is a taprooted, clump-forming native with an easy to get-along-with and tough nature. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 9304

Grows To: 12-24''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Selfheal, Heal-All, Prunella

Prunella vulgaris

An easy groundcovering perennial, Selfheal produces dense spikes of contrasting coppery tinged green bracts from which row after row of white tubular flowers with a purple 'hood' emerge. It begins flowering in early to mid spring lasting for several weeks providing nectar to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This member of the mint family is easy to establish and requires little care once established in the garden. Use Selfheal as a groundcover, on roadsides, as a component of the meadow, prairie and other naturalistic settings. Selfheal can be used to good effect spilling over walls or even in containers if you feel you need to contain it. Deer, rabbit, and pest resistant. Mainly a winter and spring growing perennial that moves into dormancy after seeds set in summer. Item# 11176

Grows To: 8-14"H at flowering x 18-24"W, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Semmes' Hardy Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Semmes Hardy'

Large deep red bottlebrush-like flowers are produced at the ends of the arching stems in spring and sporadically through summer on large established plants. Semmes' Hardy Bottlebrush was selected as much for its cold hardiness (large well-established plants have increased cold hardiness over young tender plants) as for its habit and flowering potential. Bronze tinged new growth follows the flush of spring flowers that are sure to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other garden beneficials. Semmes' Hardy Bottlebrush has a naturally compact and rounded 4-5' x 4-5' habit with somewhat arching evergreen branches. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11886

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Large spikes of purple-blue fragrant flowers, reportedly to 18'' long, are borne in summer and are held atop the soft green fragrant foliage. A large deciduous, drought tolerant shrub with an upright to spreading habit. Vitex have few pests or diseases and are great for butterflies and bees. Selected by the noted plant guru Herbert Kelly, Jr. Item# 9128.

Grows To: 15'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sensational! Lavender

Lavandula x intermedia 'Tesseract' PP31786

4" high flower spikes composed of fragrant, rich purple flowers are perched high above the gray and green foliage on sturdy stems attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Sensational! Lavender is the next step beyond the exceptionally popular Phenonmenal™ with a summer-long flowering season and beautiful near white silvery winter foliage all on a naturally rounded, compact growing, reliably hardy plant with excellent disease resistance meaning that we can even grow it in the hot and humid Southeastern US. Enjoy this new Lavender as an easy care container specimen for medium-sized containers or add it to a sunny garden or landscape for year round color. Provide  Sensational! Lavender with a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained soil. Images courtesy of Concept Plants®, all rights reserved. Item# 12403

Grows To: 24"H x 30-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Silky Red Butterfly Weed, Mexican Butterflyweed

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Red'

Vibrant yellow and red flowers are borne from Spring to frost on an upright to spreading perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth.Item # 3078.

Grows To: 4'H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Solid yellow blooms are borne from spring to fall on this vigorous and fast growing upright perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth. item # 643.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Silver Mound Lantana is a low growing, mounding lantana that produces an abundance of soft yellow flowers that mature to white and are borne from spring to fall attracting a variety of other smaller pollinators as well as butterflies. An old favorite with the vigor and flower power of the ever popular New Gold as it spends its energy on flower production instead of seed production. An excellent low maintenance groundcover or for the front of the garden or landscape. Item# 10896.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 3-4'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Silver Spires White Vitex, Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-castus 'Silver Spires'

An unusually pure white selection of Vitex. Silver Spires produces medium sized spikes of white flowers that are held against the dark blue-green fragrant foliage. Vitex is a vigorous, disease and deer resistant, drought and salt tolerant large spreading to upright deciduous shrub or small tree. Excellent for Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds. Silver Spires was the top rated white flowered Vitex in trials at Longwood Gardens. Item# 739.

Grows To: 10-15'H x 12-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Slim Milkweed

Asclepias linearis

Rounded clusters of small white and green starry flowers emerge from the leaf axils in spring and summer from the seemingly delicate upright to arching stems. Slim Milkweed could easily be confused with Whorled Milkweed and the difference is that Slim has opposite leaves and is rhizomatous whereas Whorled Milkweed of course has whorled leaves and is clump forming. Exclusive to the coastal prairies and prairies of southeastern and southcentral Texas, Asclepias linearis does well in clay soils and in well-drained soils and has been one of the easiest and most reliable species for us to grow and so it should be for gardeners. The flowers provide fodder for Bumblebees and other native bee species and you can expect the foliage to be used by the Monarch, Queen, and Soldier butterfly caterpillars. Item# 11661

 

Grows To: 10-20"H x 10-20"W
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Spikes of spurred, golden yellow, 1/2-3/4" long tubular flowers are produced in late winter and early to midspring at the tips of the stems attracting smaller bees and other pollinators. Smallflower Fumeflower, Corydalis micrantha subsp. australis, is a fall and winter growing, native, spring flowering annual with finely cut deep blue-green foliage adorning the low growing stems. It is found naturally from near central Texas, throughout Louisiana and Arkansas, eastward along the Gulf Coast, and in the coastal counties of North and South Carolina as well as in a few other inland areas in Illinois and Missourri. Smallflower Fumeflower, we grew up knowing as Scrambled Eggs, is typically found in sandy to loamy soils with excellent drainage. It readily reseeds on exposed soils and in disturbed sites. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site in naturalistic areas like roadsides, meadows, and prairies. It would likely make a good companion for spring flowering bulbs like Daffodils and Jonquils and Spanish Bluebells. Item# 12770

Grows To: 8-14"H x 12-16"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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The summer to fall display of up to 4" wide, upward facing, dark-eyed daisies are composed of a double row of bright yellow ray petals that are brushed with maroon at their base and surround the dark rounded cones of disk flowers. SmileyZ® Giggling Black-Eyed Susan, a selection of Rudbeckia hirta, has an initially upright habit but quickly develops into a dense mound of deep green fuzzy foliage. These long flowering, heat and sunloving plants make easy and low maintainence, traffic-stopping container specimens as well as providing a riot of color when used singly, in small groups, or en masse in the garden and landscape. The central disk flowers of Rudbeckias offer nectar and pollen to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12866

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9 - Annual in zones 5,6
Grows To: 15-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The summer to fall display of up to 4" wide, upward facing, dark-eyed daisies are composed of a semi-double to single row of deep mahogany red ray petals that are tipped in yellow to burnt orange tones that may deepen into solid mahogany with age and surround the dark rounded cones of disk flowers. SmileyZ® Glowing Black-Eyed Susan, a selection of Rudbeckia hirta, has an initially upright habit but quickly develops into a dense mound of deep green fuzzy foliage. These long flowering, heat and sunloving plants make easy and low maintainence, traffic-stopping container specimens as well as providing a riot of color when used singly, in small groups, or en masse in the garden and landscape. The central disk flowers of Rudbeckias offer nectar and pollen to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12867
 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9 - Annual in zones 5,6
Grows To: 15-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The summer to fall display of up to 4" wide, upward facing, dark-eyed daisies are composed of deep red to near maroon ray petals that are tipped in brightly contrasting golden yellow that deepens into burnt orange tones with age and surround the dark rounded cones of disk flowers. SmileyZ® Happy Black-Eyed Susan, a selection of Rudbeckia hirta, has an initially upright habit but quickly develops into a dense mound of deep green fuzzy foliage. These long flowering, heat and sunloving plants make easy and low maintainence, traffic-stopping container specimens as well as providing a riot of color when used singly, in small groups, or en masse in the garden and landscape. The central disk flowers of Rudbeckias offer nectar and pollen to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 12868

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9 - Annual in zones 5,6
Grows To: 15-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Snow Flurry White Heath Aster, Many-Flowered Aster

Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Snow Flurry', Aster ericoides

This low growing, mat forming perennial covers up in 1/2" wide white daisies with yellow eyes in late summer and fall attracting bees and smaller pollinators. Snow Flurry White Heath Aster, a selection ofSymphyotrichum ericoides , is a 4-8" high, sprawling, groundcovering selection of this normally 3' high native perennial with dark green narrow heath or juniper like foliage. This species is found most commonly throughout much of the central US as well as into the northeastern and northwestern regions. Provide this easy perennial with a full to mostly sunny site and well-drained, semi-dry soils. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12246

Grows To: 4-8"H x 18-24"W, space at 12" for groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Snowbank Boltonia, False Aster, White Doll's Daisy

Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank'

In mid and late summer hundreds of white daisies with a yellow eye are produced in large clusters nearly hiding the smooth, narrow, bluish green foliage. Snowbank Boltonia is a prized, somewhat compact selection of this easy to grow native wildflower introduced by the New England Wildlflower Society. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for the fullest sturdiest plants and an average moist well-drained soil. Pinching in late spring or early summer will help to promote branching and sturdier plants. The flowers of Snowbank Boltonia provide nectar to a variety of smaller pollinators especially bees. Item# 10990

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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So Cool Pale Blue Salvia, Littleleaf Sage

Salvia 'So Cool Pale Blue' (S. microphylla hybrid) EU PVR

Spikes of light purple tubular buds open to display the large pale bluish purple lower lips attracting hummingbirds, larger bees, and even the occassional butterfly. The show starts in spring and continues through summer into fall on well-established plants. The compact, densely branching, upright to rounded habit lends So Cool Pale Blue Salvia for use as easy and low maintenance container specimens for even the hottest locations. Add this tough little free flowering Littleleaf Salvia hybrid to a sunny garden and landscape to bring the temperature down a notch. This shrub-like perennial that may remain evergreen in mild winter climates, like zones 9B-10, but acts like a die-back perennial where temperatures fall much below about 30oF. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in well-drained, average moist, fertile soils for maximum flower power. The So Cool Salvia series was bred in Australia to endure hot, harsh summers as well as producing slightly larger flowers and a full, dense growth habit. Images courtesy of Plant For Europe, all rights reserved. Item# 12551

 

Grows To: 20-30"H x 20-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Solar Cascade Goldenrod, Short's Goldenrod

Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade'

The long, cascading spikes composed of hundreds of golden yellow flowers are produced in late summer and fall attracting a variety of pollinators and an especially important for native bee species. Solar Cascade Short's Goldenrod, a Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden selection of Solidago shortii as part of the Endangered Plant Program, is a well-behaved, clump forming, or short thizomatous, upright to arching perennial that is tolerant of calcareous soils, has good deer and drought resistance, and is self-sterile. By being self-sterile, if it is the only goldenrod species flowering at that time then any seed produced should not be viable. Use this easy to grow native perennial in naturalistic settings and in mixed perennial gardens and landscapes. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist to periodically dry soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo Botanic Gardens, all rights reserved. Item# 12874

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Tall spikes of sunny yellow, pea-shaped, bee-pollinated flowers that age to orange with a purplish tinge are produced beginning in mid to late spring with the show lasting for weeks that is aided by the production of secondary flowering shoots. Solar Flare Prairieblues™ Baptisia or False Indigo is a hardy clump-forming taprooted perennial that emerges in early spring with purplish young foliage and stems that slowly matures to the typical light gray green. Baptisias could be considered the Lupine of the South and each will produce more and more flowering stems eventually devoloping into a dense rounded mound of foliage and flowers. A hybrid of two of our native species, the Prairieblues Baptisias were selected not only for their unique colors but also for their extra large flower spikes, durability, and vigor. Images courtesy of Dr. Jim Ault, Chicagoland Grows®, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12285

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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2022 Missouri Botanic Garden Plants of Merit selection! Clusters of dangling, 6-8" long, spike-like clusters of small urn-shaped white flowers are produced at the ends of the branches in spring and may be followed by showy yellow seed capsules that remain even into winter. The flowers are highly prized by native bees and by apiarists for producing Sourwood honey. The Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, is a beautiful, deciduous, medium to large tree adorned with glossy green foliage that becomes deep fiery red in fall if grown in sunny conditions. It has a naturally pyramidal habit, especially when younger, and generally grows 20-40' high but may reach 70' under ideal conditions. The Sourwood is commonly found with wild azaleas, rhododendrons, Pawpaws and other acid loving species ranging from central Louisiana to southwestern Pennsylvania. It needs an acidic, loamy, well-drained, moist to average moist soil rich in organic matter and will likely benefit from an organic mulch applied over the root zone. The foliage has an acidic flavor giving the tree its name. Item# 12606

Grows To: 20-40'(-70')H x 10-25'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Salmon Autumn Sage, Salvia

Salvia greggii 'Salmon'

Dark salmon colored flowers are produced from spring to fall with flowering being heaviest in spring and fall. Salmon Autumn Sage, a selection of the tough native Salvia greggii, is an excellent choice for Hummingbird gardens! This is a heat and sun loving as well as moderately drought tolerant perennial for the garden or containers. Provide full sun and good drainage for the best results. Item# 12491

Grows To: 18-30''H x 18-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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