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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!

 

Beginning in midsummer the clump of deep green foliage is topped by double, bubblegum pink daisies with a bright golden yellow eye into early fall. The Fantasy™ Pocahontas Anemone or Windflower is a hybrid selection with excellent vigor on a clump forming perennial with an exceptionally long flowering season for an Anemone. The finished flowers develop into interesting airy seedheads. Tolerant of *full sun in cool summer climates, elsewhere provide midday and afternoon shade or filtered shade. Provide an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum flowering and vigor. Use Fantasy™ Pocahontas Anemone as a container plant as well as in the garden and landscape. Image courtesy of Plants Nouveau Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12132

Grows To: 12-18"H x 16-24"W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Part sun, Part shade, *Full sun
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Finch's Gold Possumhaw Holly, Deciduous Holly

Ilex decidua 'Finch's Gold'

Golden yellow berries cover the stems of this wonderful selection of native deciduous holly from fall through spring (if the birds don't get them all!). The nectar and pollen laden flowers attract bees and smaller pollinators and even provide a caffiene kick. Finch's Gold Possumhaw Holly, a selection of Ilex decidua, is a large growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub but could potentially be shaped into a small tree form. It has few if any pests or diseases and is quite tolerant of growing conditions from average moist to moderately wet and periodically flooded sites. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum growth, vigor, and fruit set. Almost any male native holly that flowers at the same time will pollinate the female Finch's Gold Possumhaw Holly including the American Holly, Ilex opaca, and we also now offer the male Midas Possumhaw Holly as well. Item# 9145

Grows To: 10-15'H x 10-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Spike-like clusters of deep red ball-shaped buds uncurl into fiery red and red-orange hooked flowers that are produced throughout the warmer months of the year to potentially year-round on mature plants all the while attracting hordes of hummingbirds and some larger bees. Fire Sprite Grevillea is a vigorous, naturally evergreen, subtropical shrub with deeply cut, rich green foliage suitable for use as a specimen plant or informal hedge or screen. Grevilleas need little supplemental water once well-established in the garden or landscape. It also makes an easy, low-maintenance and forgiving container specimen that can be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Grevilleas may also be utilized as cut flowers. Do not use phosphorous containing fertilizers, especially in soil-less potting mixes and soils low in Iron. Item# 12640

Grows To: 6'H x 6'W potentially reaching 8-12'H x 10-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Firecracker Digiplexis

xDigiplexis 'Firecracker' PPAF

Tall dense spikes of foxglove flowers in shades of orange are produced beginning in late spring with the show continuing into fall above the rosettes of dark green foliage. Firecracker Digiplexis, is one of the first cross-generic hybrids between the tropical Canary Island Isoplexis (now classified as a Digitalis) and Digitalis purpurea producing a vigorous exceptionally free flowering hybrid. These new longer flowering Foxgloves can be added to the garden and landscape but also make showy container specimens. The flowers are sure to draw in a variety of pollinators for the nectar rich reward. Firecracker Digiplexis is considered hardy in zone 8, in colder climates it makes a worthy annual. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12303

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9,10,(7?) - Annual elsewhere
Grows To: 20-32''H x 12-20''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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2022 Missouri Botanic Garden Plants of Merit selection! 18" long arching spikes composed of numerous dark golden yellow flowers burst onto the scene in late summer and fall creating a much needed feast of nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies including migratory Monarchs, and other garden beneficials. Fireworks is an award winning selection of the native Roughleaf Goldenrod, Solidago rugosa, and it won top marks in the Goldenrod trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This is a hardy, clump-forming slowly spreading (a.k.a. short rhizomatous) herbaceous perennial that is both adaptable and manageable. Fireworks Goldenrod prefers a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist to moist fertile soil although it is tolerant of part shade, part sun conditions. Use this easy to grow native perennial in naturalistic settings and in mixed perennial gardens and landscapes. Item# 12313

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-5'W space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Fireworks Sundrops, Narrowleaf Evening Primrose, Southern Sundrops

Oenothera fruticosa subsp. glauca 'Fireworks', O. fruticosa 'Fyrverkeri', O. fruticosa 'Illumination'

A dwarf selection of our native Sundrops, Fireworks is the ultimate Oenothera cultivar producing vigorous but compact sprawling plants with red tinged foliage and even redder new growth and winter rosettes. The plants are absolutely covered by 2" wide, widely flaring, 4-petalled, glowing sunny yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10160.

Grows To: 15-18"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Five-Veined Dogwood, Xiao Lai Mu

Cornus quinquinervis, C. paucinervis

Clusters of white to yellowish white flowers seemingly cover up the plant in spring and are held against a foil of deep green foliage. Flowers are followed by clusters of black fruit. The Five-Veined Dogwood, Cornus quinquinervis, is an evergreen medium-sized shrub with a spreading upright habit growing about as wide as tall at maturity. This plant is rare in the US at present but is being trialed at SFA Gardens and as JC Ralston Arboretum at present and has shown to be a promising ornamental Dogwood with excellent disease resistance to Dogwood anthracnose. Provide the Five-Veined Dogwood with an average moist soil and full sun to partly shaded site. It is reported to be tolerant of clay and mildly alkaline soils. Item# 12243

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade

Florida Sunshine Anise, Yellow Anisetree

Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'

The sunny yellow new growth and bright yellow foliage of this evergreen native shrub is sure to brighten any lightly shaded garden. Florida Sunshine Anise develops into a naturally rounded form and has a medium to slow rate of growth. Happiest in moist well-drained soils in a lightly shaded or morning sun site. Use Florida Sunshine Anise with other shrubs and perennials where its bright foliage can contrast nicely setting off everything around it. Item# 10951.

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-10'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade (AM sun in hot climates)
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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An award winning Butterfly Bush, Flutterby Petite® Tutti Frutti produces wave after wave of fragrant fuchsia colored flowers with a contrasting orange eye in dense spikes from spring to fall. This Buddleia is a densely branching compact deciduous shrub with gray-green foliage that makes colorful addition to the garden and landscape but is small enough to use in medium-sized containers. The fragrant flowers of Buddleias are excellent for attracting butterflies, bees, and a host of other garden beneficials. Flutterby Petite® Tutti Frutti Butterfly Bush was selected as an LSU Super Plant in 2014.  Item# 11438

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Spike-like clusters of large, white, two-lipped tubular flowers are produced in mid to late spring atop rosettes of red tinged foliage. Foxglove Penstemon or Beardtongue is a clump forming native perennial that is tolerant of a wide range of conditions from somewhat dry semi-shaded conditions to moist sunny sites. The wide throated tubular flowers were designed with bees and hummingbirds in mind. Reseeds readily. Item# 10915.

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Elegantly arching, 4-8" long spikes of 1" wide, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers with contrasting yellow anthers are produced in spring to early summer with the warmest regions flowering earliest. The Fragrant Snowbell, Styrax obassia or S. obassis, is a highly desirable, showy small tree that is initially pyramidal in form but broadens and becomes rounded with age. The large papery, rounded to oval to near heart-shaped foliage can reach 8" long and the beautiful foliage alone makes this plant worth growing. From the moist forests of Japan and Korea, the Fragrant Snowbell will benefit from protection from strong drying winds as well as a moist to average moist, loamy, well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter and an organic mulch over the root zone. Full sun to part shade tolerant but it may benefit from afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Item# 12607

Grows To: 20-30'H x 15-25'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

The Fragrant White Mistflower produces clusters of fragrant, white, nectar-rich flowers in fall just as the Monarch butterflies are migrating southward. The flowers attract a large variety of pollinators including bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. This shrubby perennial native of the Edwards Plateau is a tough hombre that is moderately drought resistant and can develop into a somewhat woody shrub. Item# 11358

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

Francis Mason Golden Variegated Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'

The bright yellow and green variegated foliage of this dwarf variegated Glossy Abelia is a standout in the garden, landscape, and even as a container plant where its sunny foliage contrasts nicely with surrounding perennials and shrubs. The new growth of Francis Mason Abelia emerges an orange to coppery color and matures to a sunny yellow to gold and green. Francis Mason is a naturally dwarf to semi-dwarf, semi-evergreen to deciduous, naturally rounded shrub selected for its boldly variegated foliage and its clusters of large white tinged pink, lightly fragrant, funnel shaped flowers that begin appearing in late spring or early summer and continue into fall on new growth. The nectar rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and the brightest foliage color. Tough, pest and disease resistant, easy and reliable. Item# 12052

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Franklinia, Franklin Tree

Franklinia alatamaha

Fragrant 3" wide white flowers with a boss of bright egg-yolk yellow stamens are produced beginning in midsummer and may continue until first frost under good conditions. The rare and highly sought after Franklinia or Franklin Tree, Franklinia alatamaha, is now extinct in the wilds of Georgia where it was initially discovered growing in the Altamaha River Valley. This is a small, rounded, deciduous, single trunked tree to multi-trunked large shrub in the Camellia or Tea family, Theaceae. It can be notoriously difficult to establish and requires excellent conditions in an acidic, loamy soil rich in organic matter with average moist to moist conditions and is not tolerant of drought. An organic mulch over the root zone will be beneficial to the tree's health, establishment, and longevity. Afternoon shade is beneficial, especially in hot summer climates. Item# 12603

Grows To: 8-15'H x 6-15'W
Outdoor Light: Afternoon shade, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White petals alternate with lavender sepals that are topped by a wide corona of frilly white filaments that darken to purple. Frederick Passion Fruit is self-pollinating and the flowers are followed by large purple fruit with a sweet tangy flavor once fully ripe that can be eaten fresh or juiced. This is also considered to be one of the most reliably cold hardy Passionfruit varieties surviving well into zone 9. A vigorous dense and free flowering selection. Can be grown as a container plant where not hardy. Item# 11253

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, (8B?, 8A?)
Grows To: 10-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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French Vanilla Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia 'French Vanilla'

With a sweet vanilla like fragrance the large single white flowers of French Vanilla Camellia shine brightly atop the foil of rich dark green Sasanqua-like foliage of this vigorous upright grower in early to mid season. The naturally upright growth habit lends it to use as a screen, specimen plant, or as a backdrop. Be sure to plant it near a walk where you put your nose in the wonderfully fragrant Camellia hybrid. Item# 10865

Grows To: 10-15'H x 6-10'W. Can be kept smaller with pruning.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Afternoon shade, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Vigorous, repeat flowering, and reliably hardy to zone 6! Large rounded clusters, to 5" across, composed of deep blue trumpets are perched atop strong 3-4' sturdy stems on a tight clump forming plant with upright to arching narrow rich green foliage. Galaxy Blue Agapanthus has been successfully trialed for over 7 years in Zeeland, Michigan by the folks at Walter's Gardens with excellent reliability, vigor and cold hardiness.Flowering may begin in mid spring in zone 8 but will likely flower in summer where winters are coldest. Use Galaxy Blue Agapanthus anywhere you want to make a statement, including as a specimen container plants. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item#12735

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Morning sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Vigorous and reliably hardy to zone 6! Large rounded clusters, to 5" across, composed of pure white trumpets are perched atop strong 3-4' sturdy stems on a tight clump forming plant with upright to arching narrow rich green foliage. Galaxy White Agapanthus has been successfully trialed for over 7 years in Zeeland, Michigan by the folks at Walter's Gardens with excellent reliability, vigor and cold hardiness. Our plants are in bud at the time of this writing, 5-25-2020, but will likely flower in summer where winters are coldest. Use Galaxy White Agapanthus anywhere you want to make a statement and the flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item#12137

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Morning sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Garlic Chives or Chinese Chives are similar to Society Garlic in foliage and durability but with a slightly lower growth habit and producing flat-topped clusters of white blooms from summer to fall. The nectar rich flowers are seemingly constantly abuzz with mainly smaller pollinators.The mildly garlic flavored foliage and flowers are widely utilized in Asian cuisine. Multiplies readily and may also reseed under good conditions. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in average to well-drained soils. Each pot contains multiple plants. Item# 3084

Grows To: 6-12''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Clusters of deep red-orange, 2-3" long tubular flowers are produced throughout the growing season attracting hummingbirds, bees, and even the occassional butterfly. Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia, a selection or hybrid of Fuchsia triphylla and an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner, is an heirloom variety that has long been a favorite for its flower power, reliability, upright habit, and its cloak of dark green and maroon-tinged foliage that acts as a wonderful foil for the summer to fall display of red-orange flowers. It makes an excellent choice as a specimen plant for a partly shaded porch or patio. Provide a rich fertile, well-drained, average moist soil and never allow the plants to remain soggy wet. Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia can be overwintered as a container plant in a cool (not freezing) greenhouse or sunroom. Item# 9083

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11,(10A?,9B?)
Grows To: 24-36''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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Garvinea® Classic Femmy Gerber Daisy

Gerbera jamesonii 'Classic Femmy' PPAF? PBR?

The 2-3" wide, rich pink daisies with a sweetly contrasting white eye are produced atop sturdy stems throughout the growing season above the low growing rosettes of deep green foliage. The Garvinea® Classic Femmy Gerber Daisy was developed to produce perennial Gerber Daisies specifically for the garden and landscape, as well as container culture, with excellent disease resistance under a variety of growing conditions and continuous flowering from spring to fall. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials and can also be used as long-lasting fresh cut flowers. Provide an average moist, fertile soil with sharp drainage for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Item# 12556

Grows To: 12-16''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Garvinea® Sweet Love Gerber Daisy

Gerbera jamesonii 'Sweet Love' PPAF? PBR?

The 2-1/2 to 3" wide, deep red daisies with a small green to yellow eye are produced atop sturdy stems throughout the growing season above the low growing rosettes of deep green foliage. The Garvinea® Sweet Love Gerber Daisy was developed to produce perennial Gerber Daisies specifically for the garden and landscape, as well as container culture, with excellent disease resistance under a variety of growing conditions and continuous flowering from spring to fall. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials and can also be used as long-lasting fresh cut flowers. Provide an average moist, fertile soil with sharp drainage for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Item# 12557

Grows To: 12-16''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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One-sided, toothbrush-like, upward facing spikes of deep red hooked filaments spring erect from short purple to red-purple tubes from late winter to fall to potentially year-round. Guadi Chaudi Grevillea, a naturally occurring hybrid, is a very low growing, ground-hugging, naturally evergreen shrub with bronze and red-tinged oak-like foliage that can be readily used as a tough drought-resistant groundcover or allow it to spill over walls. Grevilleas need little supplemental water once well-established in the garden or landscape. Grevilleas may also be utilized as cut flowers. Do not use phosphorous containing fertilizers, especially in soil-less potting mixes and soils low in Iron. Item# 12641

Grows To: 1'H x 3-9'W potentially12-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Getty White Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus (Cold Hardy, White)

Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis 'Getty White'

Large ball-shaped clusters of pure white trumpet shaped flowers are produced in late spring and summer atop sturdy 2-3' high stalks attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Getty White Agapanthus, a seed grown strain of Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis, is one of the more reliably cold hardy Agapanthus cultivars that naturally goes dormant in fall. This is a clump forming perennial with rich green strap-like foliage that is sure to add a tropical flare to any sunny well-drained garden or landscape setting. Even though it is fairly cold tolerant, the plants will still benefit from a breathable mulch in any area that experiences freezing temperatures for extended periods. Agapanthus are somewhat drought resistant once well-established but generally prefer an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site. Deer and rabbit resistant and moderately salt tolerant. Makes an easy and low maintenance container plant where not hardy. Item# 12768

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W space about 12'' or more apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Beginning in midsummer the clump of deep green foliage is topped by double, bubblegum pink daisies with a bright golden yellow eye into early fall. The Fantasy™ Pocahontas Anemone or Windflower is a hybrid selection with excellent vigor on a clump forming perennial with an exceptionally long flowering season for an Anemone. The finished flowers develop into interesting airy seedheads. Tolerant of *full sun in cool summer climates, elsewhere provide midday and afternoon shade or filtered shade. Provide an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum flowering and vigor. Use Fantasy™ Pocahontas Anemone as a container plant as well as in the garden and landscape. Image courtesy of Plants Nouveau Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12132

Grows To: 12-18"H x 16-24"W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Part sun, Part shade, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pots/ 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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