Pollinator Friendly Patio and Deck Plants

Common Sage  (Salvia officinalis)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Flower
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color: purple
Soil Requirements:
Well drained soil
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 1 - 3 ft

Borage  (Borago officinalis)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Herb, Non-Native
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color: blue/purple
Soil Adaptations
: Garden
Exposure: Sun or shade
Water needs: Low-Medium
Height: 1 - 3 ft

Indian Blanket Flower  (Gailliardia)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Flower, Sunflower Family
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: red/orange
Soil Adaptations
: Well drained
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low-Medium
Height: Depends on variety.  Can be 4 - 6 in., or 1 - 2 ft.

Purple Coneflower  (Echinacea purpurea)

Importance to Bees: Major
Food Source: Nectar
Plant Type: Flower, Native
Habit: Anywhere
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: pink/purple
Soil Adaptations: Well drained
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low-Medium
Height: 4-5 ft.

African Blue Basil  (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum 'Dark Opal')

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Sterile hybrid, must be propagated by cuttings
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Soil Adaptations
: Clay or Whatever
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Moderate
Height:  Up to 2 ft.

Spanish Lavender  (Lavandula stoechas)

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Flower
Habit: Anywhere
Flower Season: Spring, Summer
Flower Color: purple
Soil Adaptations
: Clay
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 1 - 3 FT.
Water needs: Low

Common Thyme  (Thymus vulgaris)

Importance to Bees: Moderate
Food Source: Nectar, pollen
Plant Type: Flower
Habit: Anywhere
Flower Season: Spring, Summer
Flower Color: pink
Soil Adaptations
: Whatever
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 6 - 12 in.
Water needs: Low

Coreopsis  

Importance to Bees: Minor
Food Source: Nectar and Pollen
Plant Type: Flower, Sunflower Family
Habit: Open
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: yellow
Soil Adaptations
: Clay
Exposure: All day sun
Water needs: Low
Height: 18 - 24 in.

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