Eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec)
This summer, invite pollinators into your garden or balcony with welcoming wildflowers. Proceeds from seed sales support campaigns such as the Butterflyway Project, which is creating highways of habitat for bees and butterflies in neighbourhoods across Canada.
Black-eyed Susan A self-seeding perennial that flowers from summer to late fall. The contrast between the yellow petals and dark brown centre act like a visual bullseye for pollinators. It is a great nectar and pollen source for wild bees and is regularly visited by butterflies and beetles. It is the host plant for several moths and the silvery checkerspot butterfly.
Lanceleaf coreopsis A drought-tolerant perennial native to eastern North America. The contrast between dark green foliage and bright yellow flowers makes it easy for pollinators to spot. Butterflies and bees are regular visitors. Grows in clusters to a height of 90 centimetres.
Bee balm Also known as wild bergamot, it is noted for its fragrance. Pale pink flowers in late summer attract lots of butterflies. Bee balm is a favourite nectar source for bumblebees. Excellent for fresh-cut bouquets, dried flowers and, of course, tea.
Evening primrose Gets its common name from its lemon-scented, primrose-yellow flowers that open at dusk and close by noon the next day. Primrose is drought-tolerant and a favourite of bees, butterflies and moths.