When choosing perennials and annuals for my garden, I always try to select species that will help feed bees and other pollinators by providing easily accessible pollen or nectar. I don’t bother with the real fancy zinnias, for example, with their multi petaled flower heads that make it difficult for bees and butterflies to penetrate. Nor with pollenless sunflowers – even though they produce a far more desirable cutting flower. Late summer is the height of pollinator season – bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies and moths – all are exceedingly busy, usually during warm afternoons, trying to tease all the pollen they can possibly find on these blooms. Here are six of my top pollinator plants this year.
Finally, and once again, Lablab purpureas – Hyacinth Bean Vine. I’m loving this vine so much, and want to share two more characteristics. First, it’s devastatingly deep purple seed pod, whch quickly develops even before the flower has disappeared. Second, how strong the vine it – it pulled down part of the tutoir is was growing on. If you grow this annual vine, make sure the trellis is strong and tall! Oh, and not only does it attract bees, I spotted hummingbirds buzzing all over them yesterday evening. Must be a lot of nectar in the flowers!
I hope everyone gets to enjoy what’s going to be here a gorgeous late summer weekend. Stay safe, and, if it’s perhaps a bit rainy and you’d like to stay indoors, gawking over Six things in gardens all over the world, click on this link to The Propagator’s site.