October Honey Bee Power Plant – Asters

October Honey Bee Power Plant – Asters
Asters – Symphyotrichum and Eurybia species Asters abound this time of year, whether planted intentionally or naturalized voluntarily. Unfortunately, taxonomist got their hands on Asters back in the 1990s, breaking them up and reclassifying the North American Asters with unpronounceable names. (I think they do it just to confuse us all!) Luckily, most nurseries either ignore the new names or put them in parentheses, so that we can still find these stalw

September Honey Bee Power Plant – Stonecrop

September Honey Bee Power Plant – Stonecrop
Stonecrop – Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude') Autumn Joy Stonecrop is one tough cookie, thriving in average to dry, sandy to gravelly soils in full sun to part shade. Growth will be floppy in too rich soils or too shady situations. The succulent-like green leaves grow in upright clumps. The flowers appear in large, flattened heads that start out looking like broccoli; progressing from green to light pink, then pinkish-red and finally

July Honey Bee Power Plant: Russian Sage

July Honey Bee Power Plant: Russian Sage
Russian Sage – Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage, is one tough cookie, easily grown in average to dry, well-drained soils in full sun. It will grow in part shade, but stems will be prone to flopping over. Plants are drought tolerant once established. The gray-green foliage is pungent when crushed, making this one both deer and rabbit resistant. The light blue flowers are arranged in whorls along branched panicles, giving the plant a very light and a

June Honey Bee Power Plant

June Honey Bee Power Plant
Catmint – Nepeta species Catmint is a long-blooming perennial that is easily grown in average to dry, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. They form a spreading clump of stems rising to 36” tall, depending on the species, and spreading up to 36” wide. The tubular blue flowers appear on spikes. Sheer off spent flower spikes to promote continued bloom. Other attributes include: Long bloom time late May – September. No serious insect pes

May Honey Bee Power Plant

May Honey Bee Power Plant
Giant Onion – Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster’ This month, we feature the bulbous perennial commonly called Giant Onion. This may very well be the tallest of the ornamental onions, and one of my favorites. From the center of each basal rosette of gray-green leaves, comes a thick 3’ – 4’ stalk that is topped with a dense, globular, softball-sized cluster of tiny star-shaped purple florets. Leaves and stems smell like onions when they’re bruised, but the