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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 3-4" wide cappuccino colored daisies are edged in yellow, gold, and orange and are produced over an extended period in late spring and summer atop tall sturdy stems. Cappuccino Black-Eyed Susan or Coneflower, a tetraploid long and large flowering selection of our native Rudbeckia hirta, is an award winning selection that is sure to add a little flare to the garden and landscape or use it as a low-maintenance specimen plant in medium-sized containers. The disk flowers that comprise the 'black-eye' attract bees and other smaller pollinators and garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile well-drained soil. Rudbeckia hirta is an annual to biennial to short-lived perennial under good conditions. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12131

Grows To: 18-30"+H x 16-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Carolina Blue Chaste Tree, Vitex, Monk's Pepper Tree

Vitex agnus-castus 'Carolina Blue'

8-12'' spikes of blue fragrant flowers are borne in summer and are held atop the soft green fragrant blue-green foliage. A large deciduous, drought tolerant shrub or small tree with few pests or diseases and is great for butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. ( #9128 is another great selection!!) Item# 9115.

Grows To: 15'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Carolina Lupine, Aaron's Rod, Bushpea

Thermopsis villosa, T. caroliniana

The Carolina Lupine produces spikes of primrose yellow Lupine-like flower spikes in spring above the deep green foliage of this clump-forming native perennial. Similar in some regards to the native Baptisias but with trifoliate foliage. The Carolina Lupine, Thermopsis villosa (syn. T. villosa), makes a long lived addition to the garden and wildflower meadow. Adaptable to most well-drained garden soils and prefers a full to mostly sunny site. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 11595

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Carolina Moonlight Baptisia, Wild Indigo

Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'

Carolina Moonlight Baptisia produces loads of sturdy spikes filled with rich buttery yellow pea-like blossoms that emerge in mid to late spring. The newly emerging blue-green foliage creates a wonderful bouquet-like effect accenting the contrasting flower spikes. Baptisia's are durable, pest and disease resistant, long-lived perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought resistant, deer resistant, adaptable and easy. Note: This is a hybrid of two native species. Item# 10860.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Carolina Yellow Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower, Woodbine

Gelsemium sempervirens, Bignonia sempervirens, G. lucidum, G. nitidum, Jeffersonia sempervirens, Lisianthus sempervirens

Beautiful bright yellow trumpets herald the coming of spring! This is an easily grown and vigorous, yet dainty evergreen vine native to the SE U.S. The fragrance can stop you in your tracks on a night time garden stroll!  Item # 1208

Grows To: 10-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Centennial Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

One of the largest flowering and possibly the most vigorous of the Star Magnolias, Centennial was selected and introduced by the Arnold Arboretum to honor its 100th anniversary. In late winter and early spring this small tree produces a great show of 5 1/2" wide, white and pink tinted, fragrant flowers on bare branches. Medium green foliage follows the flowers in spring and for us it often attains yellow and brown fall color. Item# 10729.

Grows To: 20-30'H x 20-30'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3 inch /10 fl.oz./296 ml
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Centennial Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

One of the largest flowering and possibly the most vigorous of the Star Magnolias, Centennial was selected and introduced by the Arnold Arboretum to honor its 100th anniversary. In late winter and early spring this small tree produces a great show of 5 1/2" wide, white and pink tinted, fragrant flowers on bare branches. Medium green foliage follows the flowers in spring and for us it often attains yellow and brown fall color. Item# 10959.

Grows To: 20-30'H x 20-30'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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A sport of the ever popular Miss Huff Lantana, Chapel Hill™ Pink Huff produces clusters of flowers that open primrose yellow and fade to a medium rosy pink with an orange eye on a slightly more compact plant but with the reliable hardiness of its parent. Lantana are excellent pollinator plants attracting a myriad of bees, butterflies, and numerous other garden beneficials are lured in by the promise of rich ample nectar. These are die-back perennials in zones 7,8, and 9 that return from the crown once soil temperatures begin to warm in spring. Not only are they excellent for pollinators, Lantana provide a continuous display of color from spring to frost. Provide a full to mostly sunny position and average or better drainage. An easy and low maintenance addition to the garden, landscape, and for larger containers. Expect Chapel Hill™ Pink Huff Lantana to have a mounding to bush-like habit. Item# 11626

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Cherry Chief Salvia

Salvia x 'Cherry Chief'

Bright cherry red, 1" long tubular, two-lipped, nectar rich flowers are produced in spikes beginning in spring and continuing well into fall. Cherry Chief Salvia develops into a naturally rounded mound covered in flowers on this excellent perennial Salvia hybrid. Use Cherry Chief in medium sized containers for a low maintenance show that will bring the pollinators in close or use it in the garden and landscape in a sunny, well-drained location. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees. Item# 11467

Grows To: 24-36"H x 30-40"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Cherry Queen Salvia

Salvia x 'Cherry Queen'

Spikes of deep red, 1" long tubular flowers are produced throughout the growing season on this low growing, semi-spreading Salvia greggii hybrid making it an excellent addition near the front of the garden or landscape. Cherry Queen begins flowering earlier and over a longer period than its parents Salvia greggii and Salvia blepharophylla. Add Cherry Queen Salvia to the garden or enjoy it as a low maintenance container plant in any sunny location. Good drainage and ample sunlight are key and the hummingbirds will surely thank you. Item# 11401

Grows To: 24-36"H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia, Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Chi-Chi', R. brittonia, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma

Medium pink trumpets are produced from spring to fall atop the tall sturdy stems adorned with deep green narrow foliage. Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia or Mexican Petunia was selected and introduced by Scott Ogden the bulb guru of the South. This is neither a seedless nor a clump forming form and so it may spread by both means. It can be controlled somewhat by growing it as a container plant. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and even the occassional hummingbird. Easy and reliable once established. Provide Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia with a moist to average moist fertile soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. This plant will act like a die-back perennial returning from the crown in spring where winters experience freezing temperatures. Item# 12164

Grows To: 24-30"H x 12-18"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Chocolate Eupatorium, White Snakeroot

Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate', Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Dark maroon to near black stems foliage and stems make this native perennial a standout amongst its garden peers even without its starkly contrasting clusters of white late summer flowers. Chocolate Eupatorium, a cultivar of White Snakeroot and actually a species of Ageratina altissima (not Eupatorium altissimum), is a rhizomatously spreading herbaceous perennial with an upright bushy habit to about 3' high (or to 5' in rich moist soils) that is found throughout the central and eastern US. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for the deepest foliage color and optimum flowering. The flowers attracts bees, butterflies, other garden beneficials. Use Chocolate Eupatorium as a tall informal groundcover, utilize it in mixed perennial borders with other vigorous growing perennials, or as a container plant. Received 5 out of 5 stars in trials at Chicago Botanic Gardens. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11975

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, *Part shade

Clear Sky Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora 'Clear Sky', P. caerulea 'Clear Sky'

Large, up to 5" wide, fragrant flowers with near white petals and sepals that are topped by a crown of contrasting deep blue filaments with a middle halo of pure white which quickly deepens to dark eggplant purple at its heart. Clear Sky Passion Flower is a complex tetraploid hybrid that was selected not only for its larger flowers and exceptional vigor, but also for its cold hardiness by Passiflora breeder Roland Fischer. Flowering begins in earnest in mid to late spring and continues throughout the warmer months. Click on "More Details and Growing Info" or the image to learn more about growing Passionvines as perennials in containers or in the garden and landscape. Item# 11259

Grows To: 15-30'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Up to 6" wide, fragrant, slightly rounded, white flower clusters arch away from their structure on semi-lax stems showing off numerous small white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. The dark green glossy foliage creates a strong contrast to the brilliant white flowers. This native Climbing Hydrangea is typically found growing where soils are consistently moist in shaded to filtered shade conditions. It is a hardy deciduous woody vine that uses a multitude of rootlets along its stems to grab onto structures for support and may be used as a groundcover as well. Only mature vertical growing stems produce the new growth that creates the early to midsummer flowering stems. A west central Louisiana selection. Item# 11080

Grows To: 20-40'H
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Shade, Filtered shade, Cool morning sunlight
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Up to 6" wide, fragrant, slightly rounded, white flower clusters arch away from their structure on semi-lax stems showing off numerous small white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. The dark green glossy foliage creates a strong contrast to the brilliant white flowers. This native Climbing Hydrangea is typically found growing where soils are consistently moist in shaded to filtered shade conditions. It is a hardy deciduous woody vine that uses a multitude of rootlets along its stems to grab onto structures for support and may be used as a groundcover as well. Only mature vertical growing stems produce the new growth that creates the early to midsummer flowering stems. A west central Louisiana selection. Item# 12066

Grows To: 20-40'H
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Shade, Filtered shade, Cool morning sunlight
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Coastal Sedum, Texas Sedum

Lenophyllum texanum, Sedum texanum, Villadia texanum

Thick green to bronze succulent foliage adorns the stems of this groundcovering, easy to grow native sedum cousin and summer brings loose spikes of nectar rich yellow flowers on sturdy stalks to 12" high. Use Coastal Sedum as a ground cover beneath larger plants and in the front of the border. The leaves readily separate and fall to the ground when bumped and during shipping but each one will readily produce a new plant if left on the top of the soil. Native to coastal Texas and reliably hardy into zone 8. Provide a well-drained soil in full to partly sunny conditions. Item# 11300

Grows To: 4-6"H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Colorwheel Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Colorwheel' PP12718

The 3" wide, cornflower-like daisies open white, slowly work their way through shades of lavender, and finally deepen to a violet blue creating a rainbow of cool-colored flowers even on the same flower stalk. Colorwheel Stokesia is just as tough and reliable as its brethren creating a mound of foliage on a durable and dense clump forming native perennial. Stokesia Daisy is one of those plant it and forget it perennials, once they become established in nearly any garden or landscape they require almost no additional care. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10928.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Common Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum

Large flattened clusters composed of numerous dainty white flowers sit atop sturdy stems with medium green softly quilted pairs of leaves that are connected at their bases and looking as though they are 'perforated' (thus the 'perfoliatum' in the botanical name) by the furry stems. Common Boneset is a clump-forming late summer to early fall flowering perennial native to much of the central and eastern US. The flowers attract a variety of smaller pollinators. The united pairs of leaves led herbalists to believe that this plant would help with broken bones. Common Boneset can be found growing along the edges of bogs and moist areas but is also tolerant of average moist soils where it receives shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 11729

Grows To: *2-3'(-6'+)H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Small clusters of large 4-petaled sunny yellow flowers are lightly fragrant and open in the evening to attract pollinating moths and may last until about noon the following day when they attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Ripe seeds are utilized by songbirds. Common Evening Primrose is a tall growing tap-rooted native biennial species found throughout most of the lower 48 states and into Canada. It is common in disturbed areas, meadows and prairies. The first year it produces a rosette of foliage and the second year it shoots up to 3-6' high and begins flowering in summer and may continue into fall under good conditions. The Common Evening Primrose will readily reseed on exposed soils. It is a good addition to naturilized areas or add it to the Moon Moth Garden. Item# 11761

Grows To: 3-6'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Concord Grape Spiderwort, Tradescantia

Tradescantia 'Concord Grape'

Clusters of large 1-1/2" wide 3-petaled deep royal purple flowers with nicely contrasting bright yellow stamens sit atop sturdy stems that rise above the clumps of contrasting blue-green narrow foliage in late spring to midsummer. Concord Grape Spiderwort is stunning in the garden and landscape even when not in flower with its showy foliage that is sure to contrast with its neighbors. It can also be enjoyed as an easy and low maintenance container plant where its pollen laden flowers can draw the pollinators up close. Spiderwort is a tough and easy, no-care clump forming perennial that is adaptable to most moist to average moist soils. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11938

Grows To: 15-18''H x 16-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Constance Elliot Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliot'

An old and reliable favorite, Constance Elliot Passion Flower produces solid white flowers that shine brightly against the deep green to blue-green foliage.  This is a vigorous growing tropical vine and can easily reach 20' once well-established. This is also one of the most reliably cold hardy Passionvines with foliage remaining evergreen in the mildest 8B winters but dying back to the ground in severe winters and returning readily in spring. The pure white Constance Elliot Passionflower may spread somewhat by rhizomes but it is generally much more tame than the Maypop. Cross pollination may produce tropical tasting tangy fruit that surrounds the dark seeds inside. Click on "More Details and Growing Info" or the image to learn more about growing Passionvines as perennials in containers or in the garden and landscape. Item# 11245

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Cooper's Variegated Hibiscus, Checkered Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Cooperii'

Vibrant red, single Hibiscus blooms bring elegance and poise to the chaos of color brought on by the brilliantly variegated foliage which is randomly splashed in shades of burgundy, red, pink, white, and green. A vigorous growing Tropical Hibiscus. Makes a wonderful full bushy Hibiscus or small tree standard where it provides a loud summer long splash of tropical foliage color. For the best foliage colors grow Cooper's Variegated Hibiscus in full sunlight and where it gets plenty of warmth. Item # 806.

Grows To: 6'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

1/2" salmon pink blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost. The flowers are filled with nectar from before dusk until nearly dark making this a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds alike! Coral Porterweed is a vigorous grower making it a good choice for the back of the border. It is also known as  Pink Porterweed, Orange Porterweed, Pink Snakeweed. Item# 372.

Grows To: 6'H x 4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Cornelia Hybrid Musk Rose

Rosa x 'Cornelia'

Dark near red and orange colored perfectly formed buds open to nicely fragrant apricot colored flowers that mature to a nice medium to coral pink and that are almost full enough to resemble a cabbage rose. Flowering is heaviest in spring and fall and well-established plants will produce additional flowers in between times. Cornelia is an heirloom Hybrid Musk Rose with good disease resistance and it is nearly thornless making it a good choice for arbors and near garden paths. It can be grown as a large fountaining shrub or as a medium-sized climber with canes can that reach 10'. Provide a full to mostly sunny location, although Cornelia is considered to be moderately shade tolerant, in an average moist moderately fertile soil with average or better drainage for optimum vigor and flowering. An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 11669

Grows To: 8-10'H as a climber 5-7'H x 6-8'W as a shrub
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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The 3-4" wide cappuccino colored daisies are edged in yellow, gold, and orange and are produced over an extended period in late spring and summer atop tall sturdy stems. Cappuccino Black-Eyed Susan or Coneflower, a tetraploid long and large flowering selection of our native Rudbeckia hirta, is an award winning selection that is sure to add a little flare to the garden and landscape or use it as a low-maintenance specimen plant in medium-sized containers. The disk flowers that comprise the 'black-eye' attract bees and other smaller pollinators and garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile well-drained soil. Rudbeckia hirta is an annual to biennial to short-lived perennial under good conditions. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12131

Grows To: 18-30"+H x 16-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

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