Pics From the Pollinator Garden

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Dalea purpurea ‘Stephanie’. Found throughout most of North America purple prairie clover is a nitrogen-fixing pollinator magnet.

Eastern Bee Balm aka Monarda bradburiana is the most disease resistant of all the native monardas. Our large planting has never shown signs of mildew, has beautiful flowers in late spring and nice red foliage in fall.

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium (Slender Mountain Mint). By far the longest blooming and most heavily visited plant in the entire garden. This plant consistently wins the pollinator plant of the year here at the KBGA.

Ratibida columnifera (Mexican Hat) is found throughout most of North America and besides being a good pollinator plant the local birds enjoy the seeds in late summer.

rattlesnake master

Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master) is one of the few native members of the Apiaceae or carrot family, an important group of plants for our native bees and other small pollinators.

Goldfinch on Rudbeckia maxima (Large Coneflower).

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower). A standard in the sunny garden Echinacea is as useful as it is beautiful. The long lasting flowers are a buffet for insects and the seeds are a favorite of many local birds.

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ (Blazing Star). This compact cultivar of the prairie native doesn’t need staking and is a favorite of indigenous butterflies.

Echinacea tennesseensis (Tennessee Coneflower). Once on the endangered species list this plant has made a remarkable comeback. Only occurring naturally in a small area of middle Tennessee it seems right at home in our garden.

Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’ (St. John’s Wort). Like many of the plants in the pollinator garden St. John’s wort is a plant that thrives on neglect and adverse conditions while still being attractive to both people and insects.

monarda fistulosa

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamont) accepting visitors.

rubeckia m.

Rudbeckia maxima (Large Coneflower). While not exactly native to East Tennessee we love this plant so much we made an exception to our “all natives” policy in this garden.

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