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Bee Spaces: Plants in Award Winning Pollinator Garden

Me and Bee Spaces Award

Me, Rep Kulik and my Bee Spaces Pollinator Award and Representative Stephen Kulik

I was so happy when my garden won a Bee Spaces Pollinator Award given by the Franklin County Beekeepers Association and the Second Congregational Church, and presented by Representative Stephen Kulik. The awards are intended to promote gardens  that will feed  and support many of our important pollinators. I thought I would make a list of the most important pollinator plants in my award winning garden. It might help you get more pollinators in your garden

Tiarella or foam flower

Tiarella or foam flower

Foam flower bloom early in the spring, spreads at a moderate rate, and makes a great groundcover.

Echinacea or coneflower

Echinacea or coneflower

Coneflowers have become very popular. They come in many colors, but the bees are happy with the white ones, and these Echinacea purpurea.

Aesclepias tuberosa

Aesclepias tuberosa – milkweed

Monarch butterflies need milkweed foliage for their larvae to eat, but bees loves these more manageable milkweed flowers for the garden.

Bee Balm

Bees love bee balm which comes in many shades of red, pink, white and purple.

Zinnias

Zinnias

Zinnias are such cheerful pollinator flowers that I must have them every year. I think they keep the bees cheerful too.

clethra alnifolia

Clethra Alnifolia or Sweet pepperbush

Clethra alnifolia blooms in the spring to feed all those hungry bees. Shrubs are important as pollinator plants, just as well as flowers.

Buttonbush

Buttonbush or Cephalanthus occidentalis

Buttonbush has such interesting flowers that appear in  the summer. They love growing in wet spots. I love this unusual pollinator shrub which thrives in my wet garden.

Turtlehead

Turtlehead or Chelone

You can kind of see the ‘turtlehead’ in the Chelone blossoms. Chelone serve many functions from pollen and nectar for the bees, to cover for birds, food birds, and for caterpillars.

Liatris

Liatris or Blazing Star

Liatris is an important plant for Monarch nectar, as well as for bees of every variety.

Other good pollinator plants in my garden: Columbine,   Lobelia or cardinal flower,   winterberry,   Solomon’s Sealbloodroot,   Joe Pye Weed,   elderberry.  Many more plants, not in my garden, offer pollen and nectar, shelter for birds, food for caterpillars and birds, and nest sites for birds. How many pollinator plants do you have in your garden?