Native pollinator perennials reign supreme when it comes to picking plant life for your landscape. We’ve discussed the benefits of native plants and named the top native plants for Maryland. We’ve also talked about how pollinators help our environment. Then, add to the fact that perennials come back each season instead of dying off like annuals. It’s almost impossible to go wrong here. Today we’ll be discussing a few fantastic native pollinator perennials.
Who doesn’t love a pop of color in their garden? Firepinks are stunning perennials that attract hummingbirds. This perennial does well on rocky soil and doesn’t do too bad in clay soil or dry soil. It’s not uncommon to find these soil types in most Maryland landscapes.
Blue-eyed grass has a unique story. This flower is beautiful, and its buds open or closes depending on how much sun there is. Watching these changes is a spectacle to see. On cloudy clouds, you’ll notice that the buds stay closed. However, on sunny days, you’ll see them open up right before your eyes. Because of this factor, we suggest that you give this perennial enough sunlight.
Silver Gem Violets
What’s excellent about this flower is that it’s deer-resistant. Also, how often do you see a silver flower? The silver/violet color combination is unique. This shade-tolerant plant is one of the earlier sources of pollen for pollinators. Silver Gem Violets complement Espresso geranium and a variety of heuchera (a traditional foliage plant) and ferns.
New York Ironweed
This pollinator plant blooms in the late summer and fall. Without even realizing, you may have seen this perennial paired with goldenrod as you drove along the highway. Vernonia or the New York Ironweed can grow up to 3-5 feet tall and complement a more diverse landscape with other large perennials. It can go well with milkweed, Liatris, blue-eyed Susans, cardinals, and many other flowers and plants.
Butterfly weeds or Asclepias tuberosa, typically are a striking orange color. This selection is indeed a top choice because it can tolerate rocky or dry soil as well as deers and even drought! Monarch butterflies will on this plant hence its name. The Monarch butterfly is currently endangered, unfortunately. So the chance of potentially seeing them on your landscape is an added benefit! How can this choice get even better? Well, did you know that you can use this plant medicinally for lung inflammation? Plants have so many health benefits, including stress relief.
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