5 Pollinator Perennials Every Gardener Should Have
Pollinator plants play an important role in the garden. They provide food for insects and are
crucial for their survival. If planted around the house and cared for properly they can be the
main food supply when we are in droughts or when the native bloomers are out of season. Not only do
these plants provide food, but they also bring in the pollinator insects which in turn will increase
pollination of your fruit and vegetable plants. Also, another neat fact is most of these plants will have a
deep root system which in turn can help loosen compacted soils. When choosing plants for pollination, the
key is to make a diverse selection that will benefit many different types of insects and wildlife, as well
as choosing early bloomers and late bloomers to extend the blooming season as long as possible. There are
many great plants that will fall into this category, and we know it can be overwhelming at first, which is
why we have compiled a list of some of our favorites to get started with.
Grows 2-3ft tall and wide and comes in a variety of colors however hummingbirds prefer red.
They can handle full sun and are drought tolerant. Salvia Greggi are considered a perennial however,
most areas in central Texas they will remain green even throughout the winter. As they age it is important
to cut back 1/3 to 1/2 in the early spring to help keep them full and ensure plenty of blooms.
Gregg’s Mist Flower
This Central Texas Native is a good nectar source for bees,
and an absolute must for butterfly gardens. It is drought tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping.
Gregg’s Mistflower tends to sprawl with roots traveling through the soil, spreading out from its initial
planting site. It blooms from late spring through the fall attracting many different species of butterflies,
especially the Queens. Plant in full to part sun, cut back after frost.
From midsummer through frost, flame acanthus is covered with long, slender, red, or orange blooms that hummingbirds love.
It is a drought tolerant, heat-loving small shrub that works as well in the perennial garden and even large pots or urns.
Moderate water will improve flowering during the summer, shear back in winter to improve form. Plant in full sun to
Salvia Mystic Spires
Naturally compact variety that has large, vibrant green leaves along with long, deep blue flower spikes!
The mystic spires salvia grows well in containers as well as in the ground. It is a perennial that will
comeback year after year and will attract bees and butterflies. Grows 2-3ft tall and wide, cut back after
2nd or 3rd frost.
Last but not least, Echinacea is an herbaceous perennial which sends up tall, purple, daisy like flowers
from Summer through Fall. The nectar feeds hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, while songbirds feast on
the seeds. They can be deadheaded once birds have plucked out the seeds for a quicker rebloom.