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Outdoor Plants

Creating a Bee-nifical Garden

June 7, 2017 3 min read

No space is too small to make an impact on our planet. Whether you live in an urban setting with a small outdoor space or the countryside, you can help pollinators in the garden.

Inviting beneficial insects into your garden can naturally control pest populations, and increase the yield in vegetables and fruits.

By adding native plants that pollinators are attracted to in your garden, and buying plants that are not grown with neonicotinoids, we can work together to help increase pollinator numbers.

Bee-nifical Garden Collection

Our SGC perennials are grown without the use of Neonicotinoids. The Bee-nificial Garden collection will attract pollinators and fill your space with a wide variety of colours and structures.

You can attract pollinators by planting these perennials in containers or directly into flower beds. Consider planting varieties that bloom at different types of the season so you can promote a healthy space for pollinators all year.

A small patch in the garden with some of these is providing valuable pollinator habitat. They will thank you!

Butterfly Milkweed & ‘Cinderella’ Milkweed

Butterflies rely on specific plants to lay their eggs, such as milkweed. ‘Cinderella’ milkweed variety has vanilla scented pink flowers that attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies from summer to fall.

Planting Butterfly Weed (asclepias tuberosa) is a crucial component of nectar for queen and monarch butterflies.

Purple Coneflower

Large daisy-shaped flowers with mauve to rose pink petals surrounding an orange-brown central cone.

Purple Coneflower (echinacea)

Coneflower can grow in sand and clay soil. This perennial thrives best in full sun and is moderately drought tolerant once established.

Yarrow ‘Sunny Seduction’ & ‘New Vintage Violet Yarrow’

Uniform and long blooming flowers cluster together on top of feathery, fern-like foliage. Ideal for mass plantings and cross borders in a sunny location.

‘Purrsian Blue’ Catmint

Bright blue flowers form when summer arrives and will bloom until September. Catmint is a low-maintenance perennial that adapts to most soils in full sun to part-shade.

Purrsian Blue Catmint Nepeta Faassenii
Purrsian Blue Catmint Nepeta Faassenii

The silvery, dark green foliage has a spicy mint scent. A unique addition to herb gardens, rock or cottage gardens (it’s rabbit and deer resistant).

‘Baby Joe’ Joe-Pye Weed

Coarse dark green foliage compliments large rosy-purple flowers in the late summer. Joe-Pye weed is native to eastern North America and is an excellent addition to meadows and part-shade areas you want to naturalize because it adapts to clay and wet soils.

Baby Joe Joe-pye Weed
Baby Joe Joe-pye Weed

‘Blue Boa’ Anise Hyssop

Full flower stalks bloom over sage-like foliage in the summer until fall. You will be pleased to watch pollinators flutter through the abundant blooms hyssop has to offer.

Blue Boa Anise Hyssop
Blue Boa Anise Hyssop

If you would like to read more about adding native plants in the garden, you will enjoy this blog post.