Looking to add some plants to your Bee Better garden this fall?!? Here are six must-have fall blooms to help nourish your fall foraging bees (and butterflies!)
Name: Monarda punctata
Common: Spotted horsemint or dotted beebalm
Zones: 3 to 8
Size: 1.5 to 2.00 feet high and 0.75 to 1.00 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to part shade, in dry to medium moisture.
Native to the eastern U.S., typically found in dryish soils on prairies, sandy areas, and coastal plains.
Name: Symphyotrichum spp.
Common: New England Aster
Zones: 4 to 8
Size: 3 to 6 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun with medium moisture. Tolerates clay soil.
Native to the eastern U.S. Easily grown from non-GMO seed and may self-seed in the garden.
Name: Ampelaster carolinianus
Common: Climbing Aster
Zones: 3 to 9
Size: Up to 10 feet tall
Conditions: Full sun to part sun, with dry to medium soil
Native to the southeastern U.S.,This woody aster climbs! Fragrant lavender-pink flowers from late September into November in North Carolina. Give it something to climb to help this climber thrive.
Name: Eutrochium purpureum
Common: Joe-pye weed
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 5 to 7 feet high and 2 to 4 feet wide.
Conditions: Full sun to part shade in dry to medium soil, but prefers moist soils.
Native herbaceous perennial. Shorter selections available.
Name: Solidago spp.
Zones: 3 to 8
Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Conditions: Full sun in dry to medium soil.
Showy goldenrod is a rhizomatous, native perennial. Flowers bloom mid to late summer.
Name: Vernonia noveboracensis
Common: New York Ironweed
Zones: 5 to 9
Size: 4 to 6 feet high and 3 to f feet wide
Conditions: Full sun in medium to wet soils.
US Native; tolerates wide range of soils, but prefers rich, moist, slightly acidic soils.