There's nothing better than attracting pollinators to your garden.  Whether it's birds, bats or bees, they each play an important role in the pollination of your garden.

Echinacea comes is a variety of wonderful colors, and are pollinator magnets!

We have several perennial favorites to highlight that can help you attract pollinators, and June is when perennials really shine.  These perennials are for sunny gardens and include an assortment of both flowers shapes and flower colors.  These favorites bloom between late spring and late summer, making them workhorses in the garden, and an easy care way of having changing color.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a genus, or a group of herbaceous flowering plants, in the daisy family.  The Echinacea genus has nine different species, which are commonly called coneflowers.  Praised for their large, daisy-like flowers which appear from midsummer thru fall, after many other perennials have finished blooming.  Coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden.

Bee Balm in bloomThis Monarda, aka Bee Balm, is attractive to bees and gardeners alike!

Monarda -- Bee Balm

The Bee Balm flower has an open, daisy-like shape, with tubular petals in shades of red, pink, purple and white.  Bee Balm prefers moist, rich soil in a sunny location.  Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, will help promote new flower production.  If you would like a bushier plant, pinch off the stem tips as new growth appears in the early spring.  If you have never enjoyed the Bee Balm, it adds a touch of old-fashioned beauty to your flower garden, and it will attract butterflies and bees for your enjoyment.

penstemonPenstemon 'Cathedral Hot Rose'

Penstemon

Penstemon is one of our more spectacular native plants.  This plant produces dozens of tubular flowers arranged on a tall stalk, perfectly shaped for hummingbirds.  Penstemon is related to snapdragons and come in a variety of cultivated hues such as lavender, salmon pink, red and white.  The stems are triangular and the leaves are arranged opposite each other.  Leaves may be either oval, sword shaped, smooth or waxy.  The best location for Penstemon is in full sun with well draining soil.  This perennial is remarkably tolerant of drought conditions, once established.

Salvia

Growing Salvia is something every gardener should try.  Salvia can be either annual or perennial, most are rapid growers and tolerate summer heat with grace.  They come in a number of colors including blue, purple, pink, red and some whites and yellows.  Most Salvias prefer to dry out between waterings, and can be fertilized with Al's Slow Release plant food, to encourage growth and more flowering spikes.  When blooms are spent remove the spikes to encourage additional flowering.  Salvia will regrow and reward you with blooms that last until autumn.

Veronica Speedwell

Veronica

Plant Veronica Speedwell in the garden to establish long lasting blooms to enjoy throughout the summer season.  This easy care plant doesn't require much upkeep, making them ideal for the time constrained gardener.  Veronica comes in an array of blues, pinks, and white.  She is reportedly both deer and rabbit resistant, but both butterflies and hummingbirds love Veronica.  In order to maximize the bloom, we recommend removing spent spikes, and dividing the plant every few years in early spring or fall.