Planting for pollinators is a win/win because you can literally watch your yard come alive this time of year. Include plants that are high in nectar and pollen at varying times of the year, and be sure to bring in native species, too! Balancing a landscape that’s both pretty AND ecologically friendly is important. Caterpillars feed on native plant species that in turn feed birds, keeping our surrounding habitat healthy.

Pollinator perennials are eternal optimists that return year after year. Find your favorites for full sun or shade, with bloom times now through fall.


FULL SUN

Late Spring/Early Summer

Milkweed (Asclepiadacaeae)*
Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)*
False Indigo (Baptisia)*
Blue Star Amsonia*
Catmint (Nepeta)
Knautia
Lavender
Lupine (Lupinus perennis)*
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)*
Salvia

* Native Species

FULL SUN

Summer

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium is the native variety)*
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)*
Pink tickseed (Coreopsis rosea)*
Coneflower (Echinacea)
Cardinal Flower (lobelia cardinalis)*
Hardy Geranium (Geranium maculatum)*
Monarda (Bee Balm)
Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)*
Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susans)*

* Native Species

FULL SUN

Late Summer/Fall

Asters (Symphytrichum novaeangliae is the native variety)*
Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)*
Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)*
Montauk Daisy
Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium maclatum)*
Sedum

* Native Species

SHADE

Early Spring

Columbine (Aquilegia)*
Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)*
Hellebores
Lungwort
Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata)*
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)*

* Native Species

SHADE

Late spring/summer

Astilbes (Astilbe biternata is the native variety)*
Coral Bells (Heuchera americana is the native variety)*
Hostas

* Native Species

SHADE

Fall

Liriope

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