Last week was National Pollinator Week. Planting summer-blooming annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees are a great way to ensure that our pollinators have plenty to sustain them through the sometime lean times of summer. Plants that are in bloom now or soon to be in bloom include: Oxydendrum arboretum
(Sourwood tree) (see photo to right), Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye) (see photo bottom right), Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush), Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush), Diervilla lonicera (bush honeysuckle), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed) and Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed), Coreopsis lanceolata (lance-leaf coreopsis), Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower), Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset), Eutrochium
purpureum (sweet joe-pye weed), Eutrochium maculatum (Joe-Pye Weed) , Liatris spicata (blazing star), Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower), Lobelia siphilitica (Great blue lobelia), Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot), Monarda punctata (spotted bee balm), Physostegia virginiana (obedient plant), Pycnanthemum muticum (clustered mountain mint), Pycnanthemum tenuifolium (slender), Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia or common mountain-mint), Rudbeckia fulgida (black-eyed susan), Verbena hastata (Swamp verbena or Blue vervain), and Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root).