What is a pollinator garden?Remember that embarrassing talk about the “birds and the bees”? This applies to plants as well, but differently. Flowers and other plants have a hard time getting around, so they rely on pollinators (insects and small birds) to bring pollen from one flower to an attractive neighboring flower.
Pollinator numbers are dwindling due to loss of habitat and over use of pesticides. By planting native plants that have beautiful flowers, pollinators are able to thrive. Which, in turn, allows humans to thrive as pollinators are vital for the process for many of the foods we eat.
Located at the back corner of the Hogan administrative center, the pollinator garden was installed in 2018. Positive feedback from those at the center and community encouraged WHNA’s Environment Committee to expand the garden in 2019. The expansion and updates in 2019 would not have been as successful without the gracious donation from the Valley View Rotary Club.The Environment Committee continues to maintain the garden with weeding and updated.
Plants in 2018 – 2019
1. Purple Coneflower Echininacea purpurea…
Herbaceous perennial 2-5 feet tall. Long lasting purple flower. Bloom June-Aug.
2. Little Bluestem Schizachrium scoparium
Bunchgrass with fine textured foliage that forms very dense mounds. Slender blue-green stems can reach 3 feet by September with radiant mahogany seed tufts. This is one of the “Big Four”prairie grasses.
3. Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium
4-6 feet tall. White ball like flowers Bloom May-Aug.
4. Yellow Coneflower Ratibida pinnata
Herbaceous perennial 1 foot tall. Yellow flower Blooms early to late summer, about 1-2 months period. Rhizomous.
5. Smooth Blue Aster Symphyoteichum leave
Herbaceous perennial 1-5 feet tall. Blue flower mid-Sept-mi Oct.
6. Lanceleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
1-2 ½ feet tall. Yellow daisy-like flowers bloom April-June but not reliable. Grows in clumps and rhizomeous.
7. Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulusa
Perennial 2-5 feet tall Lavender-pink-white flowers like ragged pompoms. Bloom May-Sept. Leaves have minty odor.
8. Hoary Vervain Verbena stricta
Short-lived perennial up to 3 ½ feet tall. Purple flower spikes mid to late summer. Reproduces by self-seeding.
9. Beards Tongue Penstemon digitalis
Herbaceous perennial up to 3 feet tall. Snapdragon-like white flowers bloom April-June
10. Bradbury’s Monarda Monarda bradburnia
Perennial ground cover 1 to 2 feet tall Pink to white flowers Late summer bloom
11. Prairie Cinquifoil Drymocallis arguta
Perennial. The flowers stalks can be upto 3 feet tall. White flowers. Bloom June-Sep.
Other Plants to Consider
Anise Hysop Agastache foeniculum
Short-lived herbaceous perennial clump forming 2-4 feet tall. White to pale blue flower spikes. Fragrent leaves.
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa
Perennial 1-5 feet tall Yellow flowers clustered on erect pyramidal columns. Bloom Aug-Sep. Spreads by rhizomes.
Golden Alexandria Zizia aurea
1 ½- 3 feet tall. Compound umbrell yellow flowers. Blooms May-June
Butterfly Milkweed Asclerias tuberosa
Perennial forb 1 ½ -2 feet tall large flat-topped bright-orange flower cluster. Bloom May-Sept. Unlike most milkweeds, this species does not have milky sap.
Meadow Blazing Star Liastris ligulistylis.
Herbaceous 2-4 feet tall. Purple flowers borne on a spike.
Orange Coneflower Rubekia fulgida
Perennial 1-3 feet tall. Flowers are yellow-orange with slightly turned down petals. Bloom July-Oct. Self-seeding
Aromatic Aster Symphyotrichum oblongifolious
Herbaceous ground cover perennial 1-2 feet tall. Blue-purple flowers. Bloom Aug-Sept. Self-seeding.