Creating Pollinator Sanctuaries

  • Raising Butterflies @ Home

    What a better way to start a butterfly garden than to raise your own butterflies? Building a monarch sanctuary will not only increase the odds of caterpillars turning into butterflies, but you will have the opportunity to enjoy the metamorphosis of this beautiful creature!

  • Native Plants For Suburbs

    Once you choose the location for your plants, many tools online or the local nurseries who may specialize in native plants will guide you to make the right choice.

  • Learn About Pollinators

    Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.

  • Landscapes with Pollinators in Mind

    Pollinators are important members of various land ecosystems. How we manage these ecosystems and landscapes therefore plays a critical role in long-term pollinator health.

Deer & Rabbit Resistant Plants Already Growing in Broadlands

Penstemon digitalis – Beardtongue

 A stout, erect, 8-12 in. perennial with broad, rough leaves and a densely flowered spike of large, tubular blossoms. Flowers are white, sometimes with a pale pinkish or bluish tube. PLANT CHARACTERISTICS Duration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Class: 0-1 ft.  BLOOM INFORMATION Bloom Color: White Bloom Time: Apr, May, Jun GROWING CONDITIONS Water Use: Low , Medium Requirement: Sun Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist, Wet Soil Description: Fertile, well-drained loam, clay loam, and sand. Acid preferably but tolerates lime. Conditions Comments: Will tolerate dry shade.  BENEFIT Use Ornamental: A great bloomer for clay loam in areas with poor drainage. Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds and bumblebees Conspicuous Flowers: yes Attracts: Hummingbirds Nectar Source: yes

Agastache foeniculum -Lavender Hyssop

A 2-4 ft. perennial with dense, terminal spikes of small, tubular, bright blue flowers. Leaves are opposite, oval, toothed and whitish beneath give off the scent of anise when bruised. The sturdy, erect blue giant-hyssop is of the most ornamental native mints. The genus Agastache describes the flower clusters and is derived from two Greek words agan meaning much and stachys meaning ear of grain. This beautiful, fragrant flower makes a wonderful addition to herb gardens, perennial borders, and wildflower areas. Place a pot of Agastache on porches and patios where its fragrance can be fully appreciated. Flowers are lavender to purple and completely edible. Agastache needs a fertile, well-drained soil, and although it will tolerate light shade, it will do best with lots of sun. Sow seeds in spring after all danger…

Aquilegia canadensis – Eastern Red Columbine

This is an erect, branching perennial, up to 2 ft. tall, well-known for its showy flowers. A nodding, red and yellow flower with upward spurred petals alternating with spreading, colored sepals and numerous yellow stamens hanging below the petals. The compound leaves, divided into round-lobed threes, are attractive in their own right. Aquilegia canadensis, beautiful woodland wildflower has showy, drooping, bell-like flowers equipped with distinctly backward-pointing tubes, similar to the garden Columbines. These tubes, or spurs, contain nectar that attracts long-tongued insects and hummingbirds especially adapted for reaching the sweet secretion. It is reported that Native Americans rubbed the crushed seeds on the hands of men as a love charm. PLANT CHARACTERISTICS Duration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes: Normally 20 to 30 inches. Fruit: Tan GROWING CONDITIONS Water Use: Low, Medium…

Amsonia tabernaemontana – Eastern bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana is the true Virginia native choice to first consider. Light Requirement: Part Shade Soil Moisture: Wet Size: 1-3 Bloom Color: Blue , Purple Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May  

Physocarpus opulifolius – Ninebark

A 3-10 ft., mound-shaped, deciduous shrub, ninebark offers spiraea-like flowers, attractive and persistent fruit pods, arching branches, yellow fall color, and exfoliating bark. Ninebark is fast-growing, insect and disease resistant, and drought-tolerant. PLANT CHARACTERISTICS Duration: Perennial        Habit: Shrub      Leaf: Green Autumn Foliage: yes      Fruit: Red, Brown            BLOOM INFORMATION Bloom Color: White, Pink             Bloom Time: May, Jun Native Habitat: Stream banks; rocky hillsides; woodland edges  GROWING CONDITIONS Water Use: Low               Light Requirement: Sun, Part Shade, Shade  Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist , Wet                 Soil Description: Clay, Loam  Conditions Comments: Common ninebark is fast-growing, insect & disease resistant, and drought-tolerant.  Dear Resistant: Yes BENEFIT Conspicuous Flowers: yes       Attracts: Birds  PROPAGATION Description: Propagate by fall-sown seed or semi-hardwood cuttings with or without hormone treatment. Seed Collection: Ripe fruits can be picked from…