Many landscape plants depend on bees and other insects to move pollen from flower to flower. The insects don’t realize they are pollinating the plants they visit – they’re just looking for nectar in the flowers. You can help the flowering plants in your neighborhood by planting a pollinator-friendly flower garden. Bumblebees, solitary bees, pollinating wasps and other insects will try to fill in for honeybees.
Growing the common plants listed below insures that something is blooming for your pollinators each month of the year.
January – Giant Red mustard
March: Carolina jessamine
April: ajuga, crimson clover, apple, holly, thrift, abelia
May: ‘Schip’ laurel, ‘Otto Leuyken’ laurel, annual salvia, veronica, Virginia sweetspire, yarrow, scabiosa, lavender, evening primrose, dill, coreopsis
June: nandina, perennial salvia, agastache, rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium), cosmos, fothergilla, elderberry, plain (not double) zinnia, coneflower, Shasta daisy
July: bee balm, chaste tree, sunflower, phlox, dill, fennell, clerodendrum, catmint, liatris
August: Verbena bonariensis, butterfly bush, glossy abelia, Mexican sage, joe-pye weed, goldenrod, alyssum
September: butterfly weed, mountain mint, goldenrod
October: Salvia guaranitica, pineapple sage