The Spring season has rushed right past us!
While we have been busy supplying the east coast with beautiful Annuals, the Perennials are just beginning to hit their stride. June is the official month of Perennials as acknowledged by the Perennial Plant Association, and this is the time to prepare for long lasting color and interesting shapes to fill any space!
Not only is June perennial month, but also it is the time for Pollinator week. What is Pollinator week, you may ask? Taken straight from the National Pollinator Partnership website:
“Ten years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.”
As you can tell, June is the month for consideration planting for various reasons. Planting perennials in your space encourages wildlife and long lived landscapes, and planting for pollinators is essential to the survival of the ecosystem. Being aware of native perennial plants for your area, and planting those, also greatly enhances the health of your landscapes and gardens. Plantworks Nursery has an extensive selection of Perennials that are pollinator friendly, and native to our Zone 7B. We can help you encourage pollination and healthy landscapes all throughout the year, just give us a call!
In addition to our tried and true plant varieties, as of Spring 2017, we will be growing Asclepias Tuberosa, winner of the Perennial Plant of the Year award for 2017. What makes this plant in particular worth mentioning? It is a larval host for the Monarch butterfly, and it is the only food source for them to survive. Planting Butterfly weed, Swamp Milkweed, or any variation of the species is sure to promote butterfly life, and give you a fantastic show of hummingbirds, bees, and other happy creatures when in bloom. Plantworks Nursery also carries many other great Perennials that will enhance your landscape or retail shelf. Some of these are included in the following list, but there are so much more!
- Achillea- Yarrow
- Agastache-Mexican Hyssop
- Baptisia- False Indigo
- Ceratostigma- Plumbago, Leadwort
- Chrysogonum- Green n Gold
- Coreopsis- Tickseed
- Dianthus- Garden Pinks
- Digitalis- Foxglove
- Echinacea- Coneflower
- Eupatorium- Joe Pye Weed
- Gaillardia- Blanket Flower
- Geranium- Hardy
- Leucanthemum- Shasta Daisy
- Lobelia- Cardinal Flower
- Monarda- Bee Balm
- Nepeta- Catmint
- Penstemon- Beard Tongue
- Phlox- Paniculata and Subulata
- Platycodon- Balloon Flower
- Pycnanthemum muticum- Mountain Mint (New 2017)
- Rudbeckia- Black Eyed Susan
- Salvia- Garden Sage
- Solidago- Goldenrod
- Spigelia marilandica- Indian Pinks
- Verbena- Vervain
- Veronica- Speedwell
Please contact us all throughout the month of June for price discounts on certain perennials for pollinators. We are ready for warmer days!