Butterfly weed, Russian sage, beebalm, and Echinacea are 25% off
Friday, July 16 through Thursday, July 22
Tropicals (mostly succulents) are 50% off
Asclepias (butterfly weed, milkweed) not only feed the butterflies with their flowers, they are the only food source for Monarch caterpillars. I leave the wild ones where they come up for the most part, but luckily there are also some very garden worthy species and varieties. The native Asclepias tuberosa has bright orange flowers and loves a sunny and dry location.
Monarda (beebalm) is just a great perennial. It’s easy to grow and they have bright blooms that feed butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. It’s also not eaten by deer. Most of the newer varieties are shorter and stay in a clump, but my favourite is still the tall Jacob Cline with large true red flowers atop tall plants. When Jacob’s in bloom, I’ve had hummingbirds come right up beside me to get the nectar.
Russian sage (Perovskia) is another great plant for butterflies and honey bees. I remember years ago, a beekeeper said it was one of the more important flowers to him because it flowered at a time when there was less food sources for them. It’s easy to grow in a well drained sunny location and newer varieties are more compact and upright than the species, but still deliver tons of flowers.
Echinacea (coneflowers) need no introduction. These native perennials are easy to grow in full to part sun, bloom for a long time, have a wonderful honey fragrance that keep all of the pollinators coming back, and they came in a vast array of colours. When the reds and oranges first started coming out, they weren’t the best plants for our climate, but the newer introductions are hardy, more compact, and very reliable. Echinaceas are definitely among my top choices for must have perennials.
Tropicals, including the oval succulent planters and the collection of Mangaves, are now 50% off!