by David Salman
During the excitement of the spring planting season, we often forget about looking for perennials that will bloom much later in the growing season. When gardeners shop for plants in the spring, it’s inevitable that blooming specimens are the first ones chosen. But this front loads the garden with spring color and short-changes the mid-summer to fall flowering season.
One of the key elements to a well-designed, pollinator-friendly garden is to include a diversity of flowering plants that bloom during each of the four parts of the growing season: early spring, late spring, summer, and early fall. You can’t serve just breakfast in spring and forget lunch (summer) and dinner (fall).
For Fall 2019, we are offering three exciting new native perennials that bloom towards the end of the growing season. They are especially good at attracting butterflies as well as native bees and honeybees. Migrating Monarchs need nectar on their way south to their wintering grounds, which makes it all the more important to provide late season natural nectar for them and other butterflies.