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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!

 

Grand Cascade Butterfly Bush

Buddleja 'Grand Cascade' PPAF

Enormous conicle lavender clusters, to 4" wide and 12-14" long, composed of tiny fragrant nectar rich flowers adorn the weeping stems of this fountaining Butterfly Bush in summer and fall. Grand Cascade Buddleia is a vigorous hybrid and a 2018 Walter's Gardens introduction developed by crossing Buddleia davidii with Buddleia lindleyana. The flowers attract loads of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11634

Grows To: 5-6'H x 7-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The huge, to 6", golden, daisy-like blooms with tall dark brown cones or eyes are held on tall sturdy stems which can grow to 7' or more! A tough and hardy, native perennial. Great for pollinators. The large attractive soft, blue-green foliage makes a nice garden accent and is at its prime in winter and spring. Item# 1152.

Grows To: 5-7'H x 20-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

A multitude of tall spikes of small purple foxglove like blooms are born in spring on this evergreen native perennial. Great for butterflies, bees, & birds. Reseeds readily. Enjoys an average moist to moist soil with ample sunlight. Excellent as a cut flower. Item# 9158.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 16-20''W
Outdoor Light: Part Sun

Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub

Magnolia figo 'Hagiwara Everblooming', Michelia figo, Magnolia fuscata, Magnolia annonifolia, Liriodendron figo

A repeat flowering Banana Magnolia with a more intense sweet banana fragrance! Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia produces sweetly fragrant cupped soft yellow flowers for much of summer on this large evergreen shrub to small tree. Easy to grow and enjoy in most well-drained acidic soils. Images shown are of typical Banana Magnolia flowers. Item# 10948

Grows To: 10-15'H x 8-12'W up to 20'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub

Magnolia figo 'Hagiwara Everblooming', Michelia figo, Magnolia fuscata, Magnolia annonifolia, Liriodendron figo

A repeat flowering Banana Magnolia with a more intense sweet banana fragrance! Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia produces sweetly fragrant cupped soft yellow flowers for much of summer on this large evergreen shrub to small tree. Easy to grow and enjoy in most well-drained acidic soils. Images shown are of typical Banana Magnolia flowers. Item# 11481

Grows To: 10-15'H x 8-12'W up to 20'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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4 petaled rosy pink 1" wide flowers are produced in loose clusters atop a compact mass of foliage and stems that are tinged with red. The Virginia Meadow Beauty, or Handsome Harry, is a rhizomatous groundcovering perennial that readily multiplies but is not aggressive. The colorful foliage and stems can be almost as pretty as the flowers and certainly adds to the beauty of this native species. Tolerant of average moist soils once well-established, it is more commonly found in continuously moist to wet sites in sandy acidic soils. *In more sun it will prefer more moisture and will tolerate average moist sites where it receives midday and or afternoon shade. On sunny days the flower petals may fall away around noon. Attracts native bees for buzz pollination. Item# 11762

Grows To: 12-24"H, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Midday and or Afternoon shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Hannah Ray Weeping Bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis 'Hannah Ray'

Considered by many to be one of the best Bottlebrush cultivars, Hannah Ray is a vigorous growing selection whose large deep orange-red flowers hang from weeping stems. The new growth is bronze and develops into a soft blue green. An excellent choice anywhere a small evergreen tree or large shrub is desired. Hannah Ray is drought resistant and the nectar and pollen laden flowers are sure to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Established plants may be found in flower nearly throughout the warmer months. Item# 11043

Grows To: 15-25'H x 10-20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Hempleaf Vitex, Chinese Vitex

Vitex negundo var. cannabifolia, V. cannabifolia

Large dense branched pannicles to 12" x 12" are composed of multitudes of small pale purple tubular flowers are produced over an extended period through much of summer and attract a variety of pollinators including smaller shorter tongued bees like Honeybees as well as larger native bees like Bumblebees. The large palmate foliage of Hempleaf Vitex resembles that of the Hemp plant and thus the specific epithet of "cannibifolia". Like its close cousin the Chaste Tree, Vitex agnus-castus, the Hempleaf Vitex, Vitex negundo var. cannibofolia, is an easy to grow sun and heat loving deciduous shrub that prefers an average to well-drained soil. It appears to have few pests or disease issues and is unlikely to be bothered by deer. Item# 11879

Grows To: 15-30'H x 15-20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis var. violacea 'Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven'

Produces larger purple flowers with a slightly lighter red-purple eye and less conspicuous white throat, Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven Porterweed appears to be the true Lavender Porterweed although it has a denser more compact growth habit than our Coral Porterweed. Like all of our Porterweeds, this one is an exceptional flowering plant producing copious amounts of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, and a variety of bees from spring to fall or year round in warm, frost-free climates. We hope you will enjoy this new cultivar, named after Jeff's granddaughter, as much as our pollinators have! Item# 11319

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Henry Duelberg Mealycup Sage

Salvia farinacea 'Henry Duelberg'

This Greg Grant introduction produces loads of medium-dark blue spikes of tubular flowers from late spring to fall on this durable, Texas tough native. Henry Duelberg Mealycup Sage is larger growing than the ones found at most nurseries and will top out at about 24-30"H and wide. This is a wonderful drought tolerant, reliable, native perennial for the garden and it provides much needed nectar for migrating Monarchs as well as bees, other butterflies, and hummingbirds. May reseed on exposed soils. Item# 9781

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Herbstonne or Autumn Sun Green Eyed Coneflower, Shining Coneflower

Rudbeckia x 'Herbstonne', R. x 'Autumn Sun', R. laciniata 'Herbstonne', R. nitida 'Herbstonne'

Huge 4-6" bright yellow, green-eyed daisies are held on4-6'+ sturdy stems and produce an extended summer display. A reliable and vigorous clump forming perennial that is adored by butterflies and pollinators of all shapes and sizes. The rich green deeply cut foliage is disease and pest resistant. Deadhead spent flowers to extend the flowering season well into fall. Appreciates ample moisture when in growth. One of our favorites! Item# 9366.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 2-3'W, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Swollen clusters of bright yellow, fragrant flowers of borne from spring to fall on this vigorous growing Butterfly Bush. Honeycomb is probably our favorite yellow flowered Buddleja. Be sure to give it room it is a vigorous growing plant! Item # 968.

Grows To: 7'H x 7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot, 20 fl oz/591 ml
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The large, 3-4" wide, frilly daisies of Honeysong Stokesia or Stokes Aster are a true royal purple with centers that darken with age and include tinges of red near the center of the flowers. Stokesia is a tough as nails clump forming native perennial with a tidy habit and long flowering season. The flowers attract a myriad of pollinators and the plants are rarely bothered by pests, deer, and rabbits. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for optimum vigor and flowering. A super easy long lived perennial that readily multiplies into dense clumps. Stokesia also makes a good cut flower for fresh arrangements. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, all rights reserved. Item# 11628

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 10-12''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Hopley's Golden Variegated Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Hopley's Variegated'

Beautiful light pink blooms on a low spreading bush with golden variegated leaves, a marvelous combination. Attracts butterflies. Item # 9006.

Grows To: 3'H x 4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Hot Blooded™ Red Lantana

Lantana camara 'Hot Blooded Red' PPAF

A sterile exceptionally free flowering Lantana with a compact well-branched habit and improved vigor over similar cultivars that has received high marks in trials across the US. Hot Blooded™ Red Lantana produces rounded clusters of flowers that open golden yellow, deepen to fiery orange and quickly darken to deep brilliant red. The compact habit lends this Lantana for use in containers as a specimen or in combinations as well as in formal and informal garden and landscape settings. Hot Blooded™ Red Lantana develops into a rounded mound of foliage covered in flowers from spring to fall and the flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators including hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. Item# 12105

Grows To: 12-15"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Hummingbird Clethra, Summersweet, Sweet Pepper Bush

Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'

Dense spikes of fragrant white flowers nearly cover up this dense and compact selection of our native Summersweet and contrast nicely with its deep green foliage. The fragrant flowers attract loads of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Hummingbird Clethra was selected for its exceptional flower power, as compared to other Clethras, as well as for its dense, compact, naturally rounded habit. Provide Clethras with a well-drained, wet to moist soil. The more direct sunlight you can provide the better the flower show tends to be. In hot summer climates provide shade to filtered shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 11900

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun to Mostly sunny in wet soils
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Incense Passionflower, Passionvine

Passiflora x 'Incense'

The deep purple 3-4", richly fragrant exotic looking flowers are produced throughout the growing season on this vigorous Passionvine with medium green foliage. Incense is considered to be one of the hardiest passionvines for US gardens along with the native Maypop Passionvine, Passiflora incarnata, one of its parents, and the US native Yellow Passionvine, Passiflora lutea. In our experience Incense rarely produces fruit on its own and some sources suggest that hand pollination is required. Like the native Maypop Passionflower, Incense readily spreads by rhizomes. A caterpillar host for the Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Longwing, and other Heliconian butterflies. 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 # 464.

Grows To: 15-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Indigo Spires Salvia

Salvia x 'Indigo Spires'

Long spikes of deep indigo, tubular flowers are borne continuously from spring to frost on this vigorous perennial Salvia. Indigo Spires has long been one of our favorites and is a reliable performer in the landscape producing a 2-4 high plant with medium green foliage. The nectar rich flowers provide fodder for a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds, butterflies, and a variety of bees but especially bumblebees in our gardens. The flower color may appear more purple or more blue to different people, in this case it is all in the eye of the beholder. Item# 909.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Jane Magnolia

Magnolia x 'Jane'

The nicely fragrant, tulip-like flowers of Jane Magnolia are deep purplish-red on the outside and are white to light purple on the inside. This US National Arboretum introduction was selected not only for its later flowering but for its vigorous upright but still compact habit. Jane Magnolia is one of the 'Little Girl' hybrids that are the result of Francis De Vos and William Kosar's breeding work during the 1950's and are still highly popular today. These hybrids not only flower in spring but established plants may produce a few flowers during the growing season. Item# 11482

Grows To: 10-18'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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JEWEL™ Citrine Coreopsis, Tickseed

Coreopsis 'Citrine' PP22478

A summer long display of upward facing nearly 2" wide sunny yellow daisies with an orange eye are held on short sturdy stems atop the medium green foliage. JEWEL™ Citrine Coreopsis is a clump forming perennial that is a hybrid of US native species and was developed for its low compact habit, excellent flower power, and excellent disease resistance. It is suitable for formal or informal cottage garden settings and perennial borders and is especially showy when planted in mass as well as an easy a rewarding container specimen. JEWEL™ Citrine Coreopsis is a heat and sunloving plant whose flowers are sure to attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide an average to well-drained, fertile soil and average moisture for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12209

Grows To: 5-7''H x 20''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

John Blue Darrow's Dwarf Blueberry

Vaccinium darrowii 'John Blue'

Steely blue-gray finely textured new growth gets slightly darker with age. In spring John Blue Dwarf Blueberry produces clusters of white flowers that develop into green-gray fruit that ripen to blue-black in May and June. This is a dwarf and compact selection of our native Scrub or Dwarf Blueberry whose foliage makes it ripe for gardens and landscapes. Provide a well-drained acidic soil in full sun to partial sun. Item# 11464

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Karl Rosenfeld Intersectional or Itoh Hybrid Peony

Paeonia lactiflora 'Karl Rosenfeld'

Large lightly fragrant double deep fuchsia red cupped flowers are produced in midseason at the ends of sturdy stems atop the mound of deeply cut rich green foliage. Karl Rosenfeld Peony is an heirloom cultivar that is considered by many to still be the best of the red Lactiflora cultivars with reliable performance and good disease resistance. Peonies will do best in a well-drained, fertile soil with average moisture in a full to mostly sunny site in the garden. Probably best suited to areas with cool summer climates. In hot summer climates consider providing midday shade. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11943

Grows To: 30-36''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Midday shade in hot summer climates
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Katie Dwarf Pink Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Katie Pink', R. brittonia, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma

Katy Dwarf Pink Mexican Petunia is a lovely dwarf perennial that produces loads of pink trumpet shaped flowers tucked in among the narrow dark green glossy foliage from spring to frost on a compact low mounding plant. This durable perennial makes a great border, groundcover, or makes a great addition to containers. The flowers of Ruellias attract bees, butterflies, and even the occassional hummingbird although they would not be as likely to get this near the ground. Where winters experience freezing temperatures (zones 8A-9B) this tough little tropical perennial may freeze back to near ground level but generally readily returns in spring once soil temperatures begin to warm. Item# 917

Grows To: 6-12"H x 8-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Kickin® Carmine Red Aster, Dwarf New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'KICKIN™ Carmine Red', Aster novae-angliae 'KICKIN™ Carmine Red' PPAF

Hundreds of 1" wide carmine red daisies with a yellow eye literally cover these plants for weeks beginning in late summer and continuing into mid fall. The Kickin™ Asters are dense well-branched mounding plants with fine textured narrow foliage that require no pinching or pruning to get this form of the New England Aster to produce mum-like plants for an extended show of color late in the season. Use these perennials where you would normally buy Chrysanthemums whether as part of the perennial border, landscape, or as container plants. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide Kickin™ Carmine Red Asters with a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. We have trialed these in the nursery and they have simply been unflinching in our heat and humidity with a few scattered flowers already beginning in early August of 2020. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12208

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Grand Cascade Butterfly Bush

Buddleja 'Grand Cascade' PPAF

Enormous conicle lavender clusters, to 4" wide and 12-14" long, composed of tiny fragrant nectar rich flowers adorn the weeping stems of this fountaining Butterfly Bush in summer and fall. Grand Cascade Buddleia is a vigorous hybrid and a 2018 Walter's Gardens introduction developed by crossing Buddleia davidii with Buddleia lindleyana. The flowers attract loads of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11634

Grows To: 5-6'H x 7-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 26
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