BLOOMS FOR ALL SEASONS

It is important to have a source of nectar and pollen through the changing seasons. Planting several varieties from each season of bloom creates a diverse source of food.

SPRING

FLOWERS FOR POLLINATORS

Browse and enjoy the following sections, these are a few of my favorites, that I have used in the past to attract pollinators. The photos only illustrate a few awesome flowers to attract pollinators. The great news is THERE ARE LOTS of flowers that will work! Below is a partial list of flowering plants that can be used  there are            many more .....

NATIVES

Clovers                                   Wild Lobelia

Violets                                     Dandelion ( Yep!

Sassafras                                  They are AWESOME

Wild Bergamont                      plus dandelion killer

Aster                                         is really bad for the

Chicory                                     environment!)

Queen Ann's Lace

Coneflower

NON-NATIVES

Chocolate Flower

Poppy

Mallow

Foxglove

Hosta

Shasta Daisies

Lemon Balm

Mints

Lupines

Thyme

Spirea

Potentilla

Sweet William

Lantana

Zinnia

Sunflower

Calendula

Gaillardia

Butterfly Bush

TREES

Maple*

Cherry

Peach

Apple

Crabapple

Hawthorn

Willows

Linden

Bee-Bee Tree

Ash*

Birch*

Oak*

Poplar*

Aspen*

Hickory

* Native*

Click the black arrow on the right side of the page below to see some favorite spring flowers...

SUMMER

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is a native flowering perennial with a long season of bloom, from June till frost. It grows easily in poor to excellent soils, can tolerate drought , and loves full sun. It is a season long source of pollen.  

AUTUMN

Mountain Mint (Pycananthemum pilosum)

Mountain mint is a plant that is highly prized by beekeepers because it is a very late season source of nectar for honeybees. Native to the south central U.S., it survives Michigan winters and establishes itself well. Considered easy to grow, it will adapt to most soils. Full sun to part shade with medium to slightly dry moisture is all this plant needs to live many years in any landscape.