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Flowering Perennials for Pollinators

As the summer sun warms our beautiful Middle Tennessee, there’s nothing quite like stepping into a garden buzzing with life. As we celebrate pollinators this week, diving into the world of flowering perennials makes the perfect sense! These beauties not only add a splash of color to your landscape but also attract those lovely pollinators we all adore. So, grab your garden gloves and a cup of iced tea, and let’s explore some native beauties that are perfect for your garden.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

is a beauty that isn’t just a feast for the eyes with its vibrant purple petals and prominent centers; it’s a pollinator magnet! Bees, butterflies, and even birds can’t resist it. These perennials thrive in full sun to partial shade and are incredibly drought-tolerant. To keep them blooming beautifully, consider deadheading spent blooms. Not only do they attract pollinators, but they also make fantastic cut flowers for your home.

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Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

is a tall, elegant plant with clusters of pinkish-purple flowers that serve as a beacon for butterflies, especially Monarchs. Standing tall in the garden, it’s perfect for adding height and a touch of wild beauty. Joe Pye Weed prefers full sun to partial shade and thrives in moist, well-drained soil. Its robust nature allows it to handle a variety of soil conditions, making it a versatile choice for many gardens.

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Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

brings cheerful yellow flowers with dark centers that resemble little rays of sunshine. They bloom profusely, creating a dazzling display that bees and butterflies adore. These hardy plants thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, and they’re quite resilient, tolerating a bit of neglect. Their bright, sunny disposition makes them a must-have for any pollinator garden.

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Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

stands out with its vibrant red, pink, or purple flowers, making it a showstopper in any garden. True to its name, it’s beloved by bees and is also a favorite of hummingbirds. Bee Balm prefers moist, well-drained soil and can be planted in full sun to partial shade. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew and ensure good air circulation around the plant. Its aromatic leaves can also be used to make tea, adding an extra benefit to this lovely plant.

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Sedum (Sedum spp.)

features succulent leaves and star-shaped flowers that are a favorite among bees and butterflies. This plant is incredibly low-maintenance, making it perfect for busy gardeners. Sedum thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, and it’s drought-tolerant, making it ideal for areas with less frequent watering. Its unique texture and form add variety to the garden, and it can even be used in rock gardens or as ground cover.

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Creating a Pollinator Paradise

When planting your pollinator-friendly garden, think diversity. A variety of shapes, colors, and bloom times will attract a wider range of pollinators. Grouping plants together can also make it easier for pollinators to spot and access their favorite flowers. Remember to provide a mix of nectar and pollen sources, and include some host plants for caterpillars to encourage butterfly populations.

Ready to transform your garden into a buzzing paradise? Let our designers plan our your perfect pollinator garden. And come visit us at our garden center, that is brimming with a fantastic selection of native perennials. Our friendly staff is always here to help you choose the perfect plants for your space!

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