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.
Good for Eastern 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.
Good for Western Canada
Douglas aster Deer-resistant native perennial found throughout British Columbia. The light purple flowers bloom profusely throughout the summer. Grows to one metre and is drought-tolerant, so requires little care once established. Is highly attractive to butterflies and bees.
Wooly Sunflower Also known as Oregon sunshine, this showy yellow flower is not actually a real sunflower. Blooms from May to August, with silvery leaves and bright yellow flowers. Prefers full sun but can take partial shade. Works well in containers and is deer-resistant. Attracts butterflies like skippers and commas and is host plant for the painted lady butterfly.
Farewell-to-spring Also known as godetia, this easy-to-grow self-seeding annual plant fares well in containers and gardens. Showy pink, cup-shaped flowers close each night and open in morning. Great nectar source for bees and butterflies.
Western Yarrow An important native North American wildflower with fern-like leaves and small white flowers that grow in clusters. Provides nectar throughout the summer, attracting butterflies and a variety of wild bees. Highly drought-resistant.