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Bee Friendly Perennial Flowers

Feed The Bees With Nectar-Filled Flowers

Bee-friendly gardens provide plenty of nectar throughout the entire gardening season, from spring to late fall. Colors look completely different through the eyes of a bee - they prefer white, yellow, and blue flowers, since these colors help them make a beeline to good sources of nectar. Bees seek nectar with a high concentration of sugar, and these flowers fit the bill perfectly. Plus, our plants are neonicotinoid-free, so your garden will be a safe habitat for these buzzing pollinators. If you grow vegetables, be sure to include bee-friendly plants in your garden to ensure good pollination and a bountiful harvest.

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  1. Blue Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, pla...

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    Virginia Bluebells Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica
    As low as $13.32
    Per Bag of 3
    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, plant Virginia Bluebells to see early spring blooms and frequent visits from pollinators. This native plant increases in size each year and will form a beautiful colony over time with almost no care from the gardener. (Mertensia virginica)
  2. Blue Ajuga Black Scallop, Ajuga reptans, photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Black Scallop Ajuga is a fast-growing and attractive groundcover with burgundy-black leaves and spiky, violet-blue flowers. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall and flowering in late spri...

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    Black Scallop Ajuga Black Scallop Bugleweed PP#15815 Ajuga reptans Black Scallop PP#15815
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Black Scallop' Ajuga is a fast-growing and attractive groundcover with burgundy-black leaves and spiky, violet-blue flowers. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall and flowering in late spring, 'Black Scallop' is fairly forgiving when it comes to soil and sunlight, but prefers things on the moist side. A great choice for attracting pollinators early in the season. Deer resistant. PP#15815 (Ajuga reptans)
  3. Burgundy Glow Ajuga, Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow

    Burgundy Glow Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpet...

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    Burgundy Glow Ajuga Burgundy Glow Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow
    As low as $6.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpet over even the toughest-of-soils in full and part shade. Growing 4-6" tall and 12-18" wide, 'Burgundy Glow' is considered evergreen in warmer regions. (Ajuga reptans)
  4. Catlin's Giant Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant

    Catlins Giant Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo flower spikes attract ...

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    Catlin's Giant Ajuga Catlin's Giant Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant
    As low as $6.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Catlin's Giant' Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo flower spikes attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden in late spring and pair beautifully with the bronze-tinged leaves. Try this one under trees and in other spots where grass struggles to grow. (Ajuga reptans)
  5. Hepatica acutiloba

    One of springs earliest woodland wildflowers, and always considered one of the most beautiful, native Hepatica is quite common in eastern forests. The blooms vary dramatically in col...

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    Hepatica Hepatica, Liverwort Hepatica acutiloba
    As low as $12.65
    Per Bag of 3
    One of springs earliest woodland wildflowers, and always considered one of the most beautiful, native Hepatica is quite common in eastern forests. The blooms vary dramatically in color, and range from white to lavender to (rarely) pink. Growing from 4 to 6" in height, lovely Hepatcia will spread and naturalize over time in most soils with dappled sunlight. (Hepatica acutiloba)
  6. Blue Cardinal Flower with two monarch butterflies, Lobelia siphilitica, Cardinal Flower

    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a part...

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    Great Blue Lobelia Blue Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a partly sunny, moist spot in your garden, this Lobelia will spread and multiply when given the chance. Blooms appear late in the season and provide important nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Lobelia siphilitica)
  7. Blue Spear English Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia Blue Spear

    Blue Spear English Lavender is the showiest lavender of all. With generous upright flower spikes on a compact plant, paired with its alluring fragrance, it’s the perfect choice for...

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    Blue Spear English Lavender Blue Spear English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Blue Spear
    As low as $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Spear' English Lavender is the showiest lavender of all. With generous upright flower spikes on a compact plant, paired with its alluring fragrance, it’s the perfect choice for the front of the garden or containers. A pollinator favorite, especially for bees and butterflies, it will bloom from late spring through summer. Thanks to its essential oils, deer avoid this plant. (Lavandula angustifolia)
  8. Primrose Blue Zebra, Primula acaulis Blue Zebra close-up

    Primrose Blue Zebra has unusual blue and white striped petals with a bright yellow center that are sure to catch your eye. Blue Zebra lives up to its name and makes an incredible wo...

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    Blue Zebra® Primrose Blue Zebra® Primrose Primula acaulis Blue Zebra®
    $8.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Primrose Blue Zebra has unusual blue and white striped petals with a bright yellow center that are sure to catch your eye. Blue Zebra lives up to it's name and makes an incredible woodland boarder, or line a path that wanders through the woods. Flowers will bloom in late spring and summer. (Primula acaulis)
  9. Lavender Blue Cushion PP9,119, Lavandula angustifolia Blue Cushion

    Blue Cushion Lavender is a compact shrub with a perfect cushion form of gray-green foliage. Continuous blooms of deep purple-blue flowers arrive throughout the season, fading to pale...

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    Blue Cushion English Lavender Blue Cushion English Lavender PP#9119 Lavandula angustifolia Blue Cushion PP#9119
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Cushion' Lavender is a compact shrub with a perfect 'cushion' form of gray-green foliage. Continuous blooms of deep purple-blue flowers arrive throughout the season, fading to pale lavender with age. In the herb garden, perennial border, or planted in containers, this English Lavender keeps you in scent and color all season long with its repeated blooms. Water thrifty and easy to grow, 'Blue Cushion' is also a pollinator favorite. (Lavandula angustifolia)
  10. Campanula Rapido Blue, Rapido Blue Bellflower, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Rapido Blue Bellflower is a must-have heavy bloomer that will add character and charm to your garden borders and paths. Rapido Blue Bellflower explodes in a mound of purple flowers ...

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    Rapido Blue Bellflower Rapido Blue Bellflower Campanula carpatica Rapido Blue
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Rapido Blue' Bellflower is a must-have heavy bloomer that will add character and charm to your garden borders and paths. 'Rapido Blue' Bellflower explodes in a mound of purple flowers up to four weeks earlier than the older "Clips" series. Plant in containers and add instant color to your patio with these upward facing bell shaped flowers. (Campanula carpatica)
  11. English Lavender Vera, Lavandula angustifolia in a garden

    ‘Vera’ is widely held as one of the best oil producing lavenders, so if aromatherapy or gifts from the garden are your passion, this English, narrow-leaved lavender is the one fo...

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    Vera English Lavender Vera English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Vera
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Vera’ is widely held as one of the best oil producing lavenders, so if aromatherapy or gifts from the garden are your passion, this English, narrow-leaved lavender is the one for you. Drought and deer resistant once established, ‘Vera’ thrives in poorer soils and sunny spots, blooming both in spring and late summer. (Lavandula angustifolia)
  12. Blue African Lily, Agapanthus, African Lily or Lily of the Nile

    African Lily, also called Lily of the Nile, is a showy flower perfect for moist areas in full sun to part shade. A member of the Amaryllis family, African Lily stems rise about 3 fee...

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    African Lily African Lily, Lily of the Nile Agapanthus
    $13.32
    Per Bag of 3
    African Lily, also called Lily of the Nile, is a showy flower perfect for moist areas in full sun to part shade. A member of the Amaryllis family, African Lily stems rise about 3 feet tall and are topped with vivid blue, rounded flower clusters set against sword-shaped foliage. These beautiful, nectar-rich blooms attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to the summer garden. (Agapanthus)
  13. Blue Phlox Blue Flame, Phlox paniculata, Garden Phlox

    Blue Flame Phlox delivers gorgeous blue blooms on bushy, compact plants. Very fragrant, each colorful bud starts out a deep shade of indigo and slowly opens to reveal petals of barel...

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    Blue Flame Phlox Blue Flame® Garden Phlox (Patent Pending) Phlox paniculata Blue Flame® (Patent Pending)
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Flame' Phlox delivers gorgeous blue blooms on bushy, compact plants. Very fragrant, each colorful bud starts out a deep shade of indigo and slowly opens to reveal petals of barely-there blue surrouding violet centers. A dwarf variety, 'Blue Flame' is very resistant to powdery mildew and makes a fine choice for containers and small spaces. (Phlox paniculata)
  14. Lavender Royal Velvet, Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet growing in field

    Velvety, dark purple-blue flowers are the hallmark of Lavender ‘Royal Velvet’, as are its rich fragrance and speedy growth habit. Tall, waving flower spikes last and last, and wi...

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    Royal Velvet English Lavender Royal Velvet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet
    $13.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Velvety, dark purple-blue flowers are the hallmark of Lavender ‘Royal Velvet’, as are its rich fragrance and speedy growth habit. Tall, waving flower spikes last and last, and will bloom a second time after a mid-season harvest. Deer resistant, ‘Royal Velvet’s strong scent attracts plentiful bees and butterflies. Excellent for cutting and drying. (Lavandula angustifolia)
  15. Blue Echinops Veitch's Blue, Echinops ritro, Globe Thistle

    Veitch’s Blue Echinops (also called small globe thistle) is a unique stand out in the full-sun garden. Showy, golf ball-shaped flowers are true blue. A hardy, low maintenance plant...

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    Veitch's Blue Echinops Veitch's Blue Globe Thistle Echinops ritro Veitch's Blue
    $17.32
    Per Bag of 3
    'Veitch’s Blue' Echinops (also called small globe thistle) is a unique stand out in the full-sun garden. Showy, golf ball-shaped flowers are true blue. A hardy, low maintenance plant, 'Veitch's Blue' is a great choice for dry soils and low rainfall areas, becoming drought-tolerant after reaching maturity. (Echinops ritro)
  16. Delphinium, Delphinium Guardian Blue

    Guardian Blue Delphinium produces tall dark blue, purple spike blossoms. Part of the Guardian series which were bred for uniform flowers and early blossoms. These re-bloomers will b...

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    Guardian Blue Delphinium Guardian Blue Larkspur Delphinium elatum Guardian Blue
    $10.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Guardian Blue Delphinium produces tall dark blue, purple spike blossoms. Part of the Guardian series which were bred for uniform flowers and early blossoms. These re-bloomers will bloom in early to mid-summer and continue if the growing season is long enough and they have been trimmed back in time to grow again. Plant in the back of the garden and stake if not protected from the wind for best results. Guardian Blue Delphinium makes an excellent cutting flower because of their thick stems and are deer resistant. (Delphinium)
  17. Dwarf Sage Marcus, Salvia

    Salvia Marcus is a true dwarf, growing only to be 8-12” tall. Although small in stature this Salvia produces plentiful, dense blooms and is extremely easy to grow. Deadheading any ...

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    Marcus® Meadow Sage Marcus® Dwarf Meadow Sage PP#13322 Salvia nemorosa Marcus PP#13322
    $9.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Salvia Marcus is a true dwarf, growing only to be 8-12” tall. Although small in stature this Salvia produces plentiful, dense blooms and is extremely easy to grow. Deadheading any spent flowers can help this plant to produce more lateral buds. Salvias will benefit from drying out between deep, thorough watering. #PP13322 (Meadow Sage)
  18. Bluebird Aster, Aster laevis close up of bloom, Photo Courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center

    The soothing blue hues of Bluebird Smooth Aster feed our spirits and benefit birds, bees, and butterflies too, making it an essential addition to the late-season garden. Imagine dusk...

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    Bluebird Aster Bluebird Aster Aster laevis Bluebird
    $13.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The soothing blue hues of 'Bluebird' Smooth Aster feed our spirits and benefit birds, bees, and butterflies too, making it an essential addition to the late-season garden. Imagine dusky blue clouds of daisy-like flowers harmonizing with the golds, bronzes, and yellows of the late-summer to late-fall perennial garden. An easy-care, deer-resistant native perennial for sunny sites. (Symphyotrichum laevis)
  19. Longwood Blue Bluebeard Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis Longwood Blue
    $16.95
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ‘Longwood Blue’ is a taller selection that flowers later than other types, giving you color deep into the season. Striking when mass-planted. (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
  20. Arkansas Blue Star In the Garden, Pale blue star-shaped flowers in bloom, Photo Courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Hubrichtii is the perennial of the year for 2011. Pale blue star shaped flowers appear is late spring to early summer over fine, feathery foliage. Excellent golden yellow fall color....

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    Arkansas Blue Star Arkansas Blue Star, Hubricht's Amsonia, Arkansas Amsonia, Bluestar Amsonia Hubrichtii
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Hubrichtii is the perennial of the year for 2011. Pale blue star shaped flowers appear is late spring to early summer over fine, feathery foliage. Excellent golden yellow fall color. (Amsonia)
  21. Delfts Blue Riding Hood Beardtongue, Penstemon schmidel Delfts Blue Riding Hood

    ‘Delfts Blue Riding Hood’ Penstemon is a native beauty that will light up the summer garden with trumpet-shaped clear blue-violet flowers. Blooming all summer long, masses of flo...

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    Delfts Blue Riding Hood Penstemon Delfts Blue Riding Hood Beardtongue PP#23065 Penstemon schmidel Delfts Blue Riding Hood PP#23065
    $13.32
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Delfts Blue Riding Hood’ Penstemon is a native beauty that will light up the summer garden with trumpet-shaped clear blue-violet flowers. Blooming all summer long, masses of flowers on tall, upright stems offer jewel-tone color to a perennial garden or cut flower arrangement. The pure blue blooms are pollinator magnets – there’s nothing better than seeing a bumblebee in a penstemon flower! (Penstemon schmidel)
  22. Blue Waterfall Trailing Bellflower, Campanula poscharskyana Blue Waterfall , growing under tree

    Trailing Blue Waterfall Bellflower cascades to 14 inches with delicate blue, star-shaped flowers that bloom all summer. A beautiful sight spilling over a rock wall, planted in betwe...

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    Blue Waterfall Bellflower Blue Waterfall Trailing Bellflower PP#13161 Campanula poscharskyana Blue Waterfall PP#13161
    $8.65
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Trailing 'Blue Waterfall' Bellflower cascades to 14 inches with delicate blue, star-shaped flowers that bloom all summer. A beautiful sight spilling over a rock wall, planted in between stepping stones, or tucked into a rock garden. Deer and rabbit resistant. PP#13161 (Campanula poscharskyana)
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