Creating a Bee-nifical Garden

Whether you live in an urban setting with a small outdoor space or on a countryside, you can help pollinators in the garden.

No space is too small to make an impact on our planet.  Inviting beneficial insects into your garden can naturally control pest populations, and increase the yield in vegetables and fruits.

By adding native plants that pollinators are attracted to in your garden, and buying plants that are not grown with Neonicotinoids, we can work together to help increase pollinator numbers.

Bee-nifical Garden Collection

We grow a line of perennials (without the use of Neonicotinoids) that attract pollinators and fill your space with a variety of colours and structures. When you select a range of perennials so you can create a pollinator oasis all season long.

Planting these perennials in containers or directly into flower beds, you can attract pollinators. Our flying friends are invited to plants by their colour and scent; consider planting varieties that bloom at different types of the season so you can promote a healthy space for pollinators all gardening season. A small patch in the garden with some of these plants may seem like a small contribution, but it is providing valuable pollinator habitat.

‘Cinderella’ Milkweed

Butterflies rely on specific plants to lay their eggs, such as Milkweed. The caterpillars will only eat certain plants once they have hatched. This swamp milkweed variety has vanilla scented pink flowers that attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies from summer to fall.

Purple ConeflowerEchinacea / Coneflower attracting a pollinator

Large daisy-shaped flowers with mauve to rose pink petals surrounding an orange-brown central cone. This long blooming flower will bloom from summer until fall.

Coneflower can grow in sandy and clay soil; even in drought periods. This perennial thrives best in full sun.


Yarrow ‘Sunny Seduction’ & ‘New Vintage Violet Yarrow’

Pollinators are attracted to Yarrow – which is found across North America. Uniform and long blooming flowers cluster together on top of feathery, fern-like foliage. Ideal for mass plantings, and cross borders in a sunny location.

‘Purrsian Blue’ CatmintNepeta faassenii 'Purrsian Blue'

Bright blue flowers form when summer arrives and will bloom from May to September. Catmint is also a low-maintenance perennial which adapts to most soils in full sun to part-shade area.

The silvery, dark green foliage has a spicy mint scent. A unique addition to herb gardens, rock or cottage garden (it is also rabbit and deer resistant).

‘Baby Joe’ Joe-Pye Weed

Coarse dark green foliage compliments enormous rosy-purple flowers in the late summer. Joe-Pye weed is native to eastern North America and is an excellent addition to meadows and part-shade areas you want to naturalize as it can adapt to clay and wet soils.

‘Blue Boa’ Anise Hyssop

Wide flower stalks bloom over sage-like foliage in the summer until fall. Not only are these flowers great for adding colour to the garden, but they also attract butterflies and beneficial insects. You will be pleased to watch your pollinator friends flutter through the abundant blooms Hyssop has to offer. It is also rabbit resistant.

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If you would like to read more about adding native plants in the garden, you will enjoy this blog post.