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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!


The large conical, bottlebrush-like spikes, to 6" long and 3" wide, are composed of tubular flowers that curl around curiously at their tips in shades of red, yellow, orange, coral pink, to cream are produced most heavily during the warmest months of the year to nearly year-round in mild winter climates attracting both hummingbirds and bees. Superb Grevillea, one of the first hybrids and still widely planted across much of Australia, is a vigorous, well-branched, small to medium-sized, heat and sunloving, evergreen shrub that is cloaked in medium-textured deeply cut rich green foliage. It can be used as a specimen, hedge, or screen. Grevilleas need little supplemental water once well-established in the garden or landscape. Superb Grevillea also makes an easy, low-maintenance and forgiving container specimen that can be overwintered indoors where not hardy. The large flowering spikes are often utilized as cut flowers. Item# 12643

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W potentially larger
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Suwanne Blue-Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium 'Suwanne'

Suwanne Blue-Eyed Grass produces a profusion of sky-blue, 3/4" wide miniature iris-like flowers for weeks in spring. A clump forming Iris-like native perennial, Suwanne is considered one of the best Blue-Eyed Grasses for gardens with its long flowering season and mannerly habit. Suitable for sun or light shade. Item# 10589

Grows To: 8-14''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

In summer, clusters of tubular buds open to starry, pure-white flowers that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and likely hummingbird or Sphinx moths as well. The Swamp Azalea, Rhododendron viscosum, is a native deciduous shrub growing to about 6'H x 3-5'W that is native from East Texas and along the Gulf Coast as well as long as all along the Eastern Seaboard and into southern Maine. In the Pineywoods this species is typically found in consistently moist soil near bogs and small streams and is the only locally native (west central Louisiana) species of Rhododendron to flower in summer. In sunnier sites, the Swamp Azalea can produce burgundy and yellow fall color. Provide a moist to average moist loamy soil rich in organic matter and mulch with a breathable organic material such as pine straw or pine bark. Even though it is common to more moist sites, it can tolerate short periods of drought once fully established and should perform well in average moist garden soils provided it is properly mulched and receives some midday shade. Item# 12742

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W potentially larger with age
Outdoor Light: Full sun (N regions), Mostly sunny (N regions), Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade
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Sweetly fragrant spikes of tiny white flowers are produced from spring to fall on this little known but easy to grow and tough deciduous shrub. Its intensely fragrant flowers attract a host of pollinators and it is considered to be an especially good honey plant. Sweet Almond Verbena, a 2008 Florida Plant of the Year, is a vigorous and pest free, heat and sun loving loving large shrub to small tree. Plant it with Sweet Olive, Gardenia, and Banana Magnolia to have outdoor fragrance nearly year round in zones 8-9. Item# 11894

 
We also have another , possibly more cold-hardy, cousin...Bee brush, Item 11435, now available in limited quantities!
Grows To: 10'H x 10'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sweet Begonia

Begonia odorata var. alba

Large clusters of pure white lightly fragrant flowers shine brightly against a mound of deep green glossy foliage throughout the year under warm tropical conditions. Even if it wasn't fragrant it would easily be worthy of growing for its beautiful form, foliage, and exceptional flower power. This makes a wonderful hanging basket or container specimen for a covered patio or porch and is considered to be root hardy in zone 9 at least. Provide light shade or cool filtered sunlight (although it is reported to somewhat sun tolerant) in well-drained average moist, mildly acidic soils for optimum performance. Item# 11666

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade, Shade, AM sunlight (cool sunlight)
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sweet Coneflower

Rudbeckia subtomentosa

This vigorous native produces masses of black-eyed golden yellow daisies from mid-summer to fall on tall sturdy stems. A vigorous clump forming perennial common to stream banks and moist areas but will do fine in average garden soils. The sweetly scented foliage gives it its common name. A good choice for the back of the border. Item# 9261.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Royal purple, 1/2" blooms that are edged in white lace, are born in drooping clusters from spring or early summer until frost and attract butterflies and bees. The nectar rich flowers are followed by grape-like clusters of 1/2" golden berries giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'. Sweet Memories Purple Sky Flower is naturally a large multi-stemmed tropical shrub and can be trained into tree standards or use it as a hedge or screen in mild winter climates. In mild winters in zones 8B and 9, well-established plants may act as a die-back perennials or they can easily be overwintered as a container plants. Item# 579

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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If pollinated, the exotic white and purple flowers produce tangerine sized, large golden yellow fruit with a sweet and tangy but acidic tropical tasting orange flesh that surrounds the small seeds. Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit is a vigorous growing selection of Passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa. and the ripened fruits can be juiced or eaten fresh. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering in a well-drained fertile soil. The nectar rich flowers attract larger bees for pollination like bumblebees and carpenter bees. Two different cultivars are required for cross pollination. Item# 11812

Grows To: 12-24'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sweet Viburnum

Viburnum odoratissimum

The light apple green new growth eventually matures to a medium matte green and in spring pyramidal clusters of small fragrant white flowers are produced at the ends of the stems attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Pollinated flowers develop into 1/4" diameter round berries that turn red and eventually ripen to black. The Sweet Viburnum, Viburnum odoratissimum, is evergreen well into zone 8 but may become deciduous in zones 6-7. This is a vigorous and large growing shrub that can be trained into a treeform or pruned into a neat but coarse-textured hedge. Its lighter green foliage makes a wonderful foil for other plants with darker green foliage and brightly colored flowers. This was one of my favorite hedges to help maintain at 4'Hx4-5'W at Judge and Lady Hall's residence in DeRidder, Louisiana when we still owned Bonny Plants. Provide a full to partly sunny site in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil for optimum growth and vigor. Item# 12732

Grows To: 4-5'+H x 4-5'+W, potentially to 10-20(-30)'H x 10-20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Large bright red sepals serve as backdrop for the billowy white petals and are produced throughout the growing season attracting hummingbirds and other garden beneficials. Highly popular since the 1950's and an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner! Swingtime Fuchsia's trailing and mounding habit make it the perfect hanging basket specimen or tuck it into mixed container gardens for a thrilling spiller. These half-hardy, clump-forming perennials bring a splash of color to shaded porches and patios and the aerial antics of visiting hummingbirds make them all the more rewarding. Fuchsias do best under high humidity where they receive cool sunlight to filtered shade in an average moist, fertile soil with excellent drainage. Item# 12562

Grows To: 6-12''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or very late afternoon sunlight, Filtered shade, Bright Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sylvia Goodman Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Sylvia Goodman'

The 4-5" wide buttery yellow flowers are centered by a contrasting deep red to burgundy eye at the base of the staminal column and is surrounded by a broad halo of white. Sylvia Goodman is an unusual Tropical Hibiscus with a vigorous upright to rounded growth habit and has exceptional flower power producing a potentially year-round display of its showy blossoms. The flower coloration, vigor, and growth habit are similar to Sport of Sports or Yellow El Capitolio which may be in this cultvar's lineage.  Provide a full to partly sunny site in a rich fertile, acidic soil with good drainage for optimum vigor and flowering. Sylvia Goodman Tropical Hibiscus can also be used as a formal or informal shrub for hedging and screens, trained into tree standards, or even trained into large espalier. Item# 12700

Grows To: 6'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Taiwanese Akebia, Chocolate Vine

Akebia longeracemosa

Long drooping clusters of showy, fragrant deep maroon red female and male flowers are produced in late spring and over a long period on this somewhat tame twining woody vine. Pollinated flowers are followed by bright blue fruit similar to Akebia quinata or the Five-Leaf Akebia. The foliage of the Taiwan Akebia is a little thicker and is generally tardily deciduous but may remain nearly evergreen in the warmer parts of its cold hardiness range. A little less vigorous than the Five-Leaf Akebia making it a suitable candidate for medium sized trellises or allow it to twine along or through a fence. Rare and unusual. Item# 11546

Grows To: 8-15'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Temple Bells Pieris, Lily of the Valley Bush, Andromeda

Pieris ryukyuensis 'Temple Bells', P. japonica

The large waterfall like clusters (racemes) of white, bell-shaped flowers that are produced in late winter and early spring and last for weeks, absolutely shine against the dark green foliage covering the upper and outer portions of this easy evergreen shrub. Temple Bells Pieris, Pieris japonica 'Temple Bells', is a small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a slow rate of growth. The glossy deep dark green ovate foliage that emerges in red to bronze shades and finally to medium green before deepening in color adding to this plants seasons of interest. This member of the Blueberry family, Ericaceae, is one of the more shade tolerant evergreens but it is perfectly happy in morning sun to filtered shade. Temple Bells Pieris will do best in a moist to average moist soil rich in organic matter, with average or better drainage and will happily grow anywhere that Azaleas, Camellias, and Japanese Maples thrive. It is more tolerant of calcareous soils than most members of this family, including in the midwest, but acidic soils are probably optimal. Provide an organic mulch and use slow release fertilizers that are labeled for acid loving plants. I pass by these shrubs in my mother's garden on the north side of her house twice a day and never tire of its welcome flowers during the dreary days of late winter when we are so ready for spring! Item# 1190

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Part sun, Sun in N climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Tennessee Purple Coneflower

Echinacea tennesseensis

Large dark purplish pink rays surround the green and copper tinged cone of nectar rich disk flowers in summer and interestingly the flowers always face eastward. The Tennessee Purple Coneflower is a rare species of Echinacea known only from a small area in central Tennessee around the Nashville area and was one of the very first plants to be added to the Endangered Species list but now the populations are stable enough that it has been unlisted and is a model success story for endangered plant species. A taprooted drought resistant native perennial, provide the Tennessee Purple Coneflower with a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site in the garden and landscape. The flowers attract a menagerie of pollinators, especially butterflies, bees, as well as hummingbirds and other garden beneficials. Item# 11727

Grows To: 16-24''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
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Texas Greeneyes, Broochflower

Berlandiera betonicifolia, B. texana

1-2" wide, outward facing, sunny yellow daisies with green central disk-flowers that create the green 'eye' are produced on loosely branching stems with quilted medium green foliage and are produced nearly continuously from spring to fall. Texas Greeneyes, Berlandieria betonicifolia, is a taprooted native perennial growing to about 18-24" high and is locally common on semi-open, loamy sandy soils in full sun to mostly sunny sites. It appears to be reliably perennial and long-lived in well-drained soils staying neatly where it placed and returning each year. It should make a good addition to roadside plantings and naturalistic areas. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a sandy well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 9749

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Texas Ironweed

Vernonia texana

Texas Ironweed produces clusters of rich purple, to pinkish purple, frilly flowers in summer atop fairly sturdy upright stems. This one of the smaller growing Ironweeds and can be somewhat rhizomatous but does not appear to aggressive. This is tough little drought resistant perennial that is excellent for pollinators common to well-drained soils. Texas Ironweed is shade tolerant but will perform best when grown in full sun in well-drained soils. Item# 10671.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Rounded clusters of nectar-rich lavender flowers develop into showy conical clusters of rich purple berries and are produced throughout the warmer months of the year to year-round under warm tropical conditions. Three-Leaf Lantana is an unusual species in that it is grown as much or more for its fruit than its flowers. This is a small-ish tropical shrub with a naturally upright to spreading habit and makes an easy container specimen and can be used in combination in medium-sized to large containers. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained fertile soils for optimum flower and fruit production. Item# 11698

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Torpedo is a slightly larger flowering form of Batface Cuphea which produces 1-1/2" long red tubular blooms that end with a purple bat-like face that is accented by the bright red 'ears' on a naturally mounding plant. Flowers from late spring to frost and is adored by hummingbirds. Use Torpedo Batface Cuphea in mixed containers as a spiller or filler, as specimen containers, hanging baskets, or in mass in the garden and landscape to create a bold effect. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 315

Grows To: 18-24''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

True Blue Gentian

Gentiana 'True Blue' PP20433

Clusters of deep blue 2" long pointed buds open to long-lasting tubular deep blue flowers that eventually fade to purplish-blue with the show beginning in early to midsummer and continuing into fall. True Blue Gentian is a hardy clump-forming perennial that develops into a well-branched 18-24"H x 12-18"W plant. A Darrell Probst is an open pollinated hybrid of Gentiana makinoi that is reported to be hardy into zone 8. True Blue Gentian does best in a full sun in areas with cooler summers and will likely need part shade where summers are hot. Provide it with a well-drained, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Makes a long-lasting cutflower as well as true blue addition to the garden and landscape. Image courtesy of AG3, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12286

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Under the Sea Selfheal, Heal-all, Prunella

Prunella vulgaris 'Under the Sea'

An easy groundcovering perennial, Under the Sea Selfheal produces fat spikes of dark bracts from which tubular purplish pink flowers emerge over an extended period from late spring and through early summer 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 as a groundcover beneath larger perennials or as a component of the meadow or prairie. Selfheal can be used to good effect spilling over walls or even in containers if you feel you need to contain it. Item# 11176

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

The large, palmate, tropical-looking, glossy deep green foliage of this Variegated Fatsia is splashed with nicely contrasting bright creamy white making this a standout in shaded gardens. Large loose clusters to 18" or more across are composed of 1" to 1-1/2" diameter, ball-shaped white flowers that are produced in fall to winter attracting an amazing number of mainly smaller pollinators and are followed by 1/4" diameter green berries that ripen to black. Fatsia or Japanese Aralia makes an excellent choice for shaded locations and develops into a medium to large, often multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an initially slow rate of growth that increase to moderate once plants are well-established. Makes a wonderful specimen, informal hedge, or container plant for indoors or out. Provide Fatsia with an average moist, fertile, acidic soil rich in organic matter with average or better drainage. Item# 9305

Grows To: 3-6'H x 3-6'W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade, Bright shade, Shade, Cool AM or filtered sunlight
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of maroon to purple, lightly fragrant flowers are produced in early spring among the newly emerging, beautifully and heavily variegated creamy yellow, bronze, and green new growth that matures to cream, white, and green. The Variegated Five-Leaf Akebia is an adaptable and vigorous, twining, semi-evergreen to deciduous vine with few pest or disease issues. Even though it is variegated it readily tolerates full sun conditions. Provide an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil and is tolerant of periodic drought once fully established. If cross-pollinated by another Akebia with different genetics, such as a seedling or different cultivar of Akebia quinata, it may produce 3-4" long purplish fruit. Hand pollination may be required to ensure good fruit set. The foliage alone is beautiful enough to make this plant worthy of a spot in the garden on a sturdy fence, trellis, or arbor. Item# 12049

Grows To: To 30'H but can be easily maintained on a smaller trellis or other support
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade
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Veilchenblau Climbing Rose

Rosa x 'Veilchenblau'

One of the bluest of old rambling roses. Less thorny than most roses, vigorous, and fairly disease resistant. Produces clusters of fragrant, small, purple blossoms in spring which darken to a blue-purple as they age. Item # 715.

Grows To: 12'H x 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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Vibe® Ignition Fuchsia James Sage, Autumn Sage

Salvia x jamensis 'Ignition Fuchsia' PP32046

Vibrant glowing fuchsia, 1" long two-lipped tubular flowers are borne along short spikes from spring to fall on this vigorous Salvia hybrid. Vibe® Ignition Fuchsia Autumn or James Sage is hybrid of Salvia greggi x S. microphylla garnering the best of both species and boasting exceptional flower power and a naturally compact tidy rounded habit to 2'x2'. It is sure to make an easy and forgiving colorful low-maintenance container plant or add it to the garden and landscape where its flowers will draw in hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees throughout the growing season. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with good drainage for optimum vigor and flowering. Vibe® Ignition Fuchsia Salvia is moderately drought resistant once fully established but may flower best under average moisture conditions. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12417

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The large conical, bottlebrush-like spikes, to 6" long and 3" wide, are composed of tubular flowers that curl around curiously at their tips in shades of red, yellow, orange, coral pink, to cream are produced most heavily during the warmest months of the year to nearly year-round in mild winter climates attracting both hummingbirds and bees. Superb Grevillea, one of the first hybrids and still widely planted across much of Australia, is a vigorous, well-branched, small to medium-sized, heat and sunloving, evergreen shrub that is cloaked in medium-textured deeply cut rich green foliage. It can be used as a specimen, hedge, or screen. Grevilleas need little supplemental water once well-established in the garden or landscape. Superb Grevillea also makes an easy, low-maintenance and forgiving container specimen that can be overwintered indoors where not hardy. The large flowering spikes are often utilized as cut flowers. Item# 12643

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W potentially larger
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

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