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Top 5 Non-Native Perennial Pollinators

Category: Plant Spotlight | Posted by: White Oak Gardens

At White Oak Gardens in Cincinnati, we take pride in offering a diverse selection of plants that thrive in our local climate. While native plants are crucial for supporting local ecosystems, non-native plants often bring unique colors, textures, and versatility to your garden.

Here are our top 5 non-native plants that we carry, each chosen for its beauty and ease of cultivation:

1. Catmint:

Catmint is a delightful perennial known for its aromatic foliage and profusion of delicate, lavender-blue flowers that bloom from late spring to early fall. It attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies while repelling pests like aphids. Catmint thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Trim back after the first bloom to encourage a second flush of flowers.


2. Salvia:

Salvias are prized for their vibrant, spiky blooms that range in color from rich purples to bright reds. These hardy perennials are drought-tolerant once established and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Plant in full sun with good air circulation to prevent mildew. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering throughout the summer.


3. Russian Sage:

Russian Sage is an elegant perennial with silver-gray foliage and tall spikes of lavender-blue flowers that bloom from midsummer into fall. Itโ€™s drought-tolerant and thrives in well-drained soil and full sun. Cut back hard in early spring to promote vigorous growth and abundant flowering.

Russian Sage

4. Veronica:

Veronicas are versatile perennials that offer spikes of blue, pink, or white flowers atop compact, bushy foliage. They bloom from late spring through summer and are excellent for borders or rock gardens. Plant in full sun to light shade and provide regular water during dry spells. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.


5. Stachys:

Stachys is celebrated for its vibrant, upright spikes of lavender-pink flowers that bloom profusely from early to mid-summer. Robust, deep green foliage forms dense clumps, providing a striking contrast in texture to other garden plants. Plant in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Cut back the flower spikes after blooming to encourage a tidy appearance and potential reblooming.


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