I love crocosmia, especially lucifer crocosmia with the deep red!
Fireworks wrinkleleaf goldenrod (Solidago rugosa "Fireworks")
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Native to the northern portion of North America, including Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and New Hampshire in the U.S.; occurs in all of the Canadian provinces except Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Best plant for summer. Anise hyssop provides color throughout the summer; it begins flowering in late June and continues to flower until the beginning of September. It attracts a diversity of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Anise hyssop is best used in medium to dry locations where no standing water occurs. Use it on hillsides, along sidewalks or garden borders, in butterfly or pollinator gardens, or on the dry upper edges of rain gardens.
Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) Native from the eastern Dakotas south to eastern Texas and east to the Atlantic and New England Best plant for spring. Golden Alexanders is an extremely versatile native plant that flowers in spring, often when we need additional color in the garden, and provides forage for pollinators. It grows in most soil types and is relatively shade tolerant, growing well in partial shade. Use this plant massed together along a house foundation, in a perennial border, at the edge of a woodland or in an informal prairie planting. Once the plant is finished flowering, its seed heads provide additional interest from late summer through winter. Golden Alexanders is an important pollinator plant, as it is a larval host plant to some swallowtail butterflies and a specialist plant for solitary bees.
Ruellia humilis Wild Petunia This drought-tolerant, prairie native has delightful 1.5” lavender flowers May-September. The flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and nectar-loving insects. Plants will seed lightly nearby and can be moved to other places or used to create a natural-looking habitat. Full sun. Dry to average soils. Height 12”. Spread 1-2’. Native to dry open woods and prairies Pennsylvania to Indiana, south to Texas. Deer resistant. Zones 3-9.
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) It reaches 2 to 3 feet Bloom season: Midsummer to early fall Cold tolerance: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (zones 3 to 9) Origin: Native from Minnesota southwest into Wyoming and Colorado, south to Oklahoma and Louisiana, and all points east Water requirement: Moderate to wet Light requirement: Full sun if wet soil; partial shade if medium soil When to plant: Potted or bare-root plants can be planted from spring to fall; sow seeds in fall or winter.
Plumbago, I have some of this and plan to plant more... much nicer in real life than this pic shows Bloom season: Midsummer into fall Cold tolerance: Hardy to minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 26.1 degrees Celsius (zones 5 to 9) Origin: China Water requirement: Low to moderate Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade; afternoon shade in hot climates When to plant: Spring
Virginia Bluebells Bloom season: Spring to early summer Cold tolerance: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (zones 3 to 8) Origin: Native to the eastern U.S., primarily from New York south through Virginia to northwestern Georgia and west to Kansas; grows well as an introduced species in New England Water requirement: Moderate Light requirement: Partial sun to full shade When to plant: Plant nursery-bought plants in spring; mature clumps can be divided after the plants go dormant in early summer.
Bloom season: Late spring and early summer Cold tolerance: Hardy to minus 42 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 41.1 degrees Celsius (zones 2 to 10) Origin: Native from Minnesota eastward to Maine in the north and to Ontario, Canada, and south to Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee and eastward. Wild lupine’s range also includes down the Eastern coastal states to Florida as well as the Southern states bordering the Gulf of Mexico Water requirement: Low to moderate Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade When to plant: Spring or fall
Botanical name: Camassia quamash Common names: Wild hyacinth, camas, camas lily, small camas, quamash Bloom season: Late spring Cold tolerance: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (zones 4 to 8) Origin: Native to western North America Water requirement: Average to moist soil Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade When to plant: Late fall or winter
Bloom season: Spring through fall Cold tolerance: Hardy to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 9.4 degrees Celsius (Zone 8) Origin: Native to the Chihuahuan Desert region of eastern Mexico Water requirement: Needs water every one to two weeks from late spring to early fall and every three to four weeks in winter Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade; filtered shade in low-desert gardens When to plant: Spring or fall
Scarlet Beebalm, Monarda didyma
Baldwin’s ironweed is unique for its shorter stature and ability to withstand drought. All ironweeds will attract butterflies and long-tongued bees looking to sip some sweet nectar, while Baldwin’s ironweed hosts a few moth species. Give it any soil type, from clay to rocky sand, and you’ll be good to go.
Clear wing moth, polinators.