Pollinators have a hard time finding food once all the spring flowers have died and gardeners focus on their winter crops but we could still use their services. Bees prefer the bright white, yellow and blue flowers while butterflies look for bright red and purple flowers.
Here is a list of plants that can brighten up your fall/winter garden as well as provide food and shelter for your hard workers.
1. Agastache (Hummingbird Mint)- Blooms through fall providing nectar to hummingbirds and butterflies. ‘Blue Fortune’ the dwarf variety only gets 3-4′.
2. Bluebeard – Bees love this late summer bloomer.
3. California Goldenrod – Late bloomer that provides food to the three B’s! Bees, Birds and Butterflies.
4. Coreopsis Lanceolata – Good source of nectar that blooms well into summer with regular deadheading.
5. Gallardia – Oranges and Lemons as well as the dwarf goblin are long bloomers with deadheading.
6. Prince Calico Aster – Native to North America, blooms late summer through fall, attracts bees and butterflies.
7. Rosemary – A great choice for bees that blooms late into the season and adds great flavor in recipes.
8. Rudbeckia – Late season bloomer, provides food for butterflies.
9. Scabiosa (Pincuchion Flower) – Butterfly Blue attracts just what it’s name suggest and with deadheading will bloom throughout summer into fall.
10. Yarrow (Moonshine) – Great food source for native pollinators that blooms through summer.