Pollinator Plants

by: Christina Timm

Perennials for Attracting Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds

Maltese Cross

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Early to midsummer

Zone: 3-9

 The Maltese Cross provides beautiful, vibrant flower heads that work well in a perennial garden or great for fresh cut flowers. The Maltese Cross is deer and rabbit resistant making it a great plant in open areas.  This plant also attracts bees and butterflies with its scarlet flower heads.

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Stonecrop Sedum telephium ‘Double Martini’

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Late Summer

Zone: 3-9

 The Stonecrop Sedum provides dark red stems and pick flower heads that contrast nice against the olive-green foliage. The Double Martini Sedum is drought resistant and loves the hot sun. This plant also attracts numerous bumble bees that are fun to watch.

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Gateway Joe-Pye Weed

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Mid to Late summer

Zone: 3-8

The Gateway Joe-Pye Weed offers large rose-red flower heads on top of tall wine-colored stems and full green foliage. It can provide vertical interest to your garden achieving 3 feet tall. When it blooms during the summer you will enjoy bees and monarch butterflies bouncing from flower head to flower head.

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Butterfly Bush ‘Nanho Blue’

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Zone: 5-9

The Butterfly Bush offers long clusters of blue flowers with gray foliage. Place in the back of a perennial garden to create a mound of color 5-6 feet tall. True to its name this plant offers food that will attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds with its fragrant flower heads. This plant is also deer resistant.

Mature

Mature

In Store butterfly Bush

In Store butterfly Bush


Orange Butterfly Flower

Exposure: Sun or Part Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Zone: 3-8

The Orange Butterfly flower is native to MN and offers bright orange clusters of flowers against bright, green sturdy foliage. It provides food for monarch butterflies and acts as a host plant. Place this plant in the middle of a perennial garden or use as a border plant. This plant is also deer resistant.

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Threadleaf Coreopsis ‘Zagreb’

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Zone: 4-9

The Threadleaf Coreopsis offers tiny golden star-shaped flowers creating a mass of color throughout the summer. With its daisy-like flowers they attract butterflies and bees. Place this plant along the edge of a garden bed or in an area to accent a space. They are also great flowers for fresh cuts and are resistant to deer.

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Tickseed Coreopsis ‘Baby Sun"‘

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Zone: 3-8

The Tickseed Coreopsis offers bright, cheerful yellow flowers with red centers that are excellent for cutting much like the Threadleaf Coreopsis. Place this plant along a border or edge to see all the attraction of butterflies and bees. This plant is also deer resistant.

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Yarrow Achillea ‘Red Velvet’

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Zone: 4-9

The Red Velvet Yarrow offers tiny red flowers clustered into masses of colorful flower heads. Its foliage contrasts well with its flowers providing deep green, ferny foliage creating a drought-resistant plant. Perfect for mass plantings or creating a border for fresh cut flowers. This plant attracts the butterflies and is deer resistant.

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Bugleweed Ajuga ‘Metallica Crispa’

Exposure: Sun or Shade

Bloom Time: Spring

Zone: 4-8

The Bugleweed Ajuga offers a deep bronze foliage color perfect to accent the edge of any garden in the sun or shade. This fast-growing plant offer shoots of blue flowers that stand out from the foliage. Excellent ground cover for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This plant is also deer resistant.

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Blazing Star Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’

Exposure: Sun to Part Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Zone: 3-9

The Blazing Star Liatris offers feather-like bright green foliage providing shoots of purple flowers during the summer. These flower heads have the unusual habit of opening from top to bottom. This plant attracts the bees and butterflies with its attractive blooms.

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Blazing Star Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Zone: 3-9

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Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’

Exposure: Sun to Part Sun

Bloom Time: Summer to autumn

Zone: 4-9

The Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia offers bright yellow, daisy-like flowers with dark centers. This plant continues to bloom throughout the summer attracting bees and butterflies. Perfect for adding height to any perennial garden looking to add mass color to one area. The fuzzy foliage provides excellent resistance to fungus and is also dear resistant.

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Looking for more bee attraction?

Other Bee loving plants: Bee balm, Echinacea, Hydrangeas, Gaillardia, and Allium.

What's Your Favorite Annual? And Why?

This Week We Walked Around and Asked Our Garden Center Crew What Their Favorite Annual Was and Why?

Liz

Liz

Coleus

The coleus plant is one of Liz’s favorite annual plants because it has wonderful sturdy foliage making them the perfect summer hardy plant. They come in so many different colors and varieties the options are endless. Pair with other coleus colors to create a one of a kind patio pot or pair with other sun loving annuals to create a combination patio pot. You can’t go wrong with adding a pop of color with a coleus.

Coleus

Coleus

Blue Wave Petunia

The blue wave petunia is one of Donna’s favorite annual plants because it is the only petunia that gives off a fragrance. It also happens to be one of her favorite colors. This wave petunia is great for hanging baskets because of its cascading nature. For maximum enjoyment place outside a patio door or entryway to enjoy its vivid blue color and wonderful fragrance.

Donna

Donna

Blue Wave Petunia

Blue Wave Petunia

Jen

Jen

Whichever one I am looking at

When it comes to plants, all are Jen’s favorite. From a petunia to a croton you can’t go wrong. Plants are definite mood boosters and in the garden center the options are endless. With color everywhere to be seen it’s no wonder you will find Jen always smiling.

Combination Container

Combination Container

Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera is one of Kaitlynn’s favorite plants along with all types of cactus and succulents. This plant is very resilient and easy to take care of. Like most succulents they like to get dried out and only need water a few times a month. They also work wonders on her sunburn during the summer time. The juices produced by the foliage helps soothe and cool irritated skin

Kaitlynn

Kaitlynn

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Christina

Christina

Gerbera Daisy

The gerbera daisy is one of Christina’s favorite annuals because of their bright, happy color that leaves you with a smile. This plant offers a multi-layered flower in yellow, orange, pink, and red. They continue to bloom throughout the summer in a full sun area and work well in container combinations. They make great gifts to friends and family.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy

Dorotheanthus

The dorotheanthus plant is one of Pat’s favorite plants because it is drought tolerant and easy to maintain. With low-maintenance, succulent like foliage this plant loves full sun and our summer heat. It offers bright green variegated foliage with small, spider-like red flowers throughout. Place in a hanging basket and watch it cascade all summer long.

Pat

Pat

Dorotheanthus

Dorotheanthus

Becky

Becky

Choco Chili Alternanthera

The choco chili plant is one of Becky’s favorite annuals because of its beautiful purple-green foliage. Its growth pattern is amazing, as it seems to grow outward from the container. The color of the foliage is very versatile and can be paired with any other sun loving plants. It can be placed in full sun and lasts well into late summer and even into the fall time.

Choco Chili

Choco Chili

Sunpatien Electric Orange

The sunpatien electric orange is one of Cece’s favorite annuals because of its bright vibrant orange color. As a sunpatien this plant can handle the full sun with no problem. It also has tropical-like foliage that stay clean and neat along with bold flowers that continue to bloom all summer long.

Cece

Cece

Sunpatien Electric Orange

Sunpatien Electric Orange

Dawn

Dawn

Vinca Cora Punch

The vinca flower, cora punch is one of Dawn’s favorite annuals because of its vibrant pink color. This plant tolerates our summer heat and loves full sun. It offers lush green foliage that feels almost waxy and comes in many different colors. This plant is great for low maintenance gardening, which is one of the reasons she has been growing if for years. You can’t help but feel happy while enjoying this plant all summer.

Vinca Cora Punch

Vinca Cora Punch

Spring Flowering Perennials

By: Christina Timm

Ground Covers

Creeping Phlox – Creeping Pink

This plant is a hardy ground cover that is great for banks, rock gardens, or along walkways. Creates a mass of light purple/pink color to a full sun garden. It can also attract butterflies with its mass of blooms midspring and early summer.

False miterwort - Tiarella Wherryi

This plant is great for a shady area in a rock garden or a wooded area. Offering abundant flower shoots during the spring time. This slow-spreading ground cover has also been known to be deer resistant.

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Ajuga – Pink Lightning

This plant has beautiful variegated foliage that creates a weed-free area for difficult situations. Use on the edge of a garden as a ground cover for sun or shade. Great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with its pink flower spikes. Deer Resistant.

Ajuga – Chocolate Chip

This plant has dark chocolate foliage that offers excellent ground cover. This fast-growing plant works well in a sun or shade garden for rock beds or banks. Beautiful light blue flower spikes attract butterflies and Hummingbirds. Deer Resistant.

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Medium plants

Bleeding Heart – Dicentra spectabilis

This traditional perennial offers bright green foliage and delicate, heart-shaped pink and white flowers. Place in mostly shade for the best-looking foliage and blooms. Can attract butterflies and are deer resistant.

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Bleeding Heart – ‘Alba’ Dicentra spectabilis

Just like the traditional bleeding heart Alba offers the same lush green foliage, but with all white blooms. Does best in shade or partial shade. Can attract butterflies and are deer resistant as well.

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Sweet Iris – Argentea Variegata

This plant offers variegated foliage with lavender flowers that bloom late spring. Considered to be the most reliable and disease resistant of all bearded irises. This plant does best in 4 hours or more of sunlight.

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Dianthus

This plant offers blue-green foliage in a compact shape. It does best in part sun or full sun continuing to bloom from late spring thru summer. We carry a variety of different colors of Dianthus from dark pink, bright pink, or lavender. This plant is deer resistant.

Creating A Spring Container Garden

By Christina Timm

Spring Pansy Container Garden

Spring Pansy Container Garden

Spring is an interesting time of the year. The temperatures can be unpredictable and finding the right plants can be confusing for new gardeners. But don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are 4 cool-weather tolerant plants that are perfect for spring.

The Pansy

This one is kind of a given, but the pansy is by far the most tolerant plant for cool weather. They don’t mind temps as low as 28 degrees which makes them hardy to a light freeze. One of the reasons we love the pansy so much is because of their cute little faces. It’s hard to say no to a plant that is smiling back at you. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and the options are endless.

Fun fact: The wave pansy is great for hanging baskets because of its trailing habit.

Pansy Selection

Pansy Selection

The Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller

This is a wonderful accent plant that pairs nicely with the pansy. For starters, it is also tolerant to a light freeze and does not get distressed when placed in cooler weather. Even though it does not bloom, it has beautiful, silver foliage that is soft to the touch. In a combination, add this plant to the center of the container to add height and texture.

The Alyssum

This sweet little plant may look delicate with its small foliage and tiny clusters of white flowers; however, it too is tolerant to cooler temperatures. It doesn’t tolerate freezing temps as well as the pansy but holds its own at about 32 degrees. We recommend not allowing this plant to get nipped by any freezing temps. In a combination, add this plant in with the pansy as they both get to about the same height. It adds a calming white contrast against the pop of color that the pansy has to offer.

Alyssum

Alyssum

The Lobelia

Lobelia

Lobelia

This bold blooming plant is like the alyssum when it comes to freezing temperatures. We recommend not allowing this plant to freeze, however, cooler temps above 32 are okay. This plant offers a vibrant blue color making a statement. In a combination, add this plant alongside the pansy or alyssum as all three plants grow to about the same height. When grown with an orange pansy it creates a wonderful contrasting container garden that’s perfect for spring.

Spring container gardening can be fun and easy when you have help from a plant expert. Explore more color choices in store and get started today. If you are interested in creating your own spring container garden, but unsure how to start, sign up for our planting party today. You’ll leave with a ready-to-go container garden that will get you through the ups and downs of spring.

Create a Spring Container Garden Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 pm or Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 am