Adding plants to your garden that attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, does more than add enjoyment and beauty to your yard. These insects “play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tonkadale Greenhouse has perennials to attract bees and other pollinators.Most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds without the assistance of pollinators. In the United States, pollination by honey bees directly or indirectly (e.g., pollination required to produce seeds for the crop) contributed to more than $19 billion of crops in 2010. Pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crops in 2010, according to the USFWS.

“A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees (which are not native to North America) and some wild pollinators are declining,” says the USFWS. Your plants could help rebuild these populations.

Tonkadale Greenhouse offers several varieties of perennials, as well as annuals, that bees and butterflies will love. Check out the lists below for ideas. Please call us at 952-938-6480 if you have questions or need assistance planning your garden.

Perennials bees will love

Common name

Botanical name

Zone hardiness

Anis Hyssop Agastache foeniculum 4-11
Aster Symphyotrichum 3 – 9
Bee Balm Monarda 3 – 10
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida 4 – 9
Catmint Nepeta 3 – 9
Mum Chrysanthemun 3 – 10
Columbine Aquilegia 3 – 9
Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium 2 – 9
Gayfeather Liatris 3 – 9
Goldenrod Solidago 2 – 9
Ironweed Veronia noveboracensis 4 – 8
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium 3 – 8
Lavender Lavendula 5 – 10
Lobelia Lobelia 2 – 9
Lupine Lupinus 4 – 9
Milkweed Asclepias 3 – 11
Mint Mentha 3 – 11
Obedient Plant Physostegia virginiana 2 – 8
Penstemon Penstemon 3 – 11
Pincushion Flower Scabiosa atropurpurea 4 – 11
Poppy Papaver 2 – 9
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea 3 – 8
Purple Prairie Flower Dalea purpurea 3 – 8
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia 3 – 9
Sage Salvia 5 – 9 Varies/Plant
Siberian Squill Scilla siberica 3 – 8
Spiderwort Tradescantia 4 – 9
Sunflower Helianthus annuus Annual
Thyme Thymus 4 – 10
Ticksweed Coreopsis 4 – 9
Wild & False Indigo Baptisia 3 – 9

Perennials butterflies will love

Aster Agastache foeniculum 3 – 9
Astilbe False Spirea 3 – 9
Bee Balm Monarda 3 – 10
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida 4 – 9
Blanket Flower Gaillardia grandiflora 3 – 9
Calendula Calendula officinalis
Candytuft Iberis
Mum Chrysanthemum 3 – 10
Columbine Aquilegia 3 – 9
Coreopsis Coreopsis
Delphinium Delphinium
Dianthus Dianthus
Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium 2 – 9
Fleabane Erigeron
Gayfeather Liatris 3 – 9
Globe Thistle Echinops
Goldenrod Solidago 2 – 9
Ironweed Veronia noveboracensis 4 – 8
Hollyhock Alcea rosea
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium 3 – 8
Lavender Lavendula 5 – 10
Lobelia Lobelia 2 – 9
Lunpine Lupinus 4 – 9
Milkweed Asclepias 3 – 11
Obedient Plant Physostegia virginiana 2 – 8
Oregano Origanum vulgare 2 – 8
Phlox Phlox 3 – 11
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea 4 – 11
Purple Prairie Flower Dalea purpurea 2 – 9
Salvia 3 – 8
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia 3 – 9
Sage Salvia 3 – 9
Shasta Daisy Chryssanthemum maximum 3 – 9
Sunflower Helianthus annuus Annual
Sweet Pea Lathyrus odoratus
Thyme Thymus 4 – 10
Verbena Verbena bonariensis
Yarrow Achillea
Zinnia Zinnis elegans Annual