Summer Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

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Photos by Debbie Roos, Chatham County Cooperative Extension

In late 2008, I planted a demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills to provide forage from early spring to late fall for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects. The garden features over 215 unique species of perennials, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. The garden is a great teaching tool that I use to conduct workshops and tours for hundreds of folks each year. It has taught me so much and I enjoy sharing this knowledge with others.

Below you can see photos of plants that were in bloom from mid-June through early September. The pollinator garden averaged 65 species in bloom in any given week throughout the summer!

For more photos, see:

Spring Snapshots from the Pollinator Garden – 2018

Summer Snapshots in the Pollinator Garden – 2017

Spring Snapshots in the Pollinator Garden – 2017

Summer Snapshots in the Pollinator Garden – 2016

Fall in the Pollinator Garden – 2015

The Amazing Diversity of Critters in the Pollinator Garden – 2015

The Amazing Diversity of Critters in the Pollinator Garden – 2014

For more information:

Pollinator Paradise Garden website

What’s in Bloom in the Pollinator Garden – updated bi-weekly!

List of Plants in the Pollinator Garden

Top 25 Native Pollinator Plants for North Carolina

Stoke’s aster, poppy mallow, and geranium in the pollinator garden.

Stoke’s aster, poppy mallow, and geranium in the pollinator garden in late June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Buttonbush with other perennials in late June.

Buttonbush with other perennials in late June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Buttonbush bloom before the florets open!

Buttonbush bloom before the florets open! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Small bees like this sweat bee like the tiny flowers of blue vervain (Verbena hastata).

Small bees like this sweat bee like the tiny flowers of blue vervain (Verbena hastata) in early July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee foraging on nodding onion (Allium cernuum).

Bumble bee foraging on nodding onion (Allium cernuum) in early July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Hoary skullcap (Scutellaria incana).

Hoary skullcap (Scutellaria incana) in early July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American lady butterfly on blazing star (Liatris ligulistylus).

American lady butterfly on blazing star (Liatris ligulistylus) in mid-July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The wheel bugs love hanging out on the joe-pye weed and grabbing unsuspecting pollinators like this hapless bumble bee.

The wheel bugs love hanging out on the joe-pye weed and grabbing unsuspecting pollinators like this hapless bumble bee. Photo by Debbie Roos.

This soggy monarch was ejoying the joe-pye weed alongside some black swallowtails.

This soggy monarch was enjoying the joe-pye weed in early August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The robber flies were super-active after the rain deluge. This one was enjoying a Hymenopteran snack.

This robber fly was enjoying a Hymenopteran snack. Photo by Debbie Roos.

 a five-banded thynnid wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum) on boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum).

A five-banded thynnid wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum) on boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) in early August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spurred butterfly pea vine rambles genty over its neighbors - in this case, spotted horsemint.

Spurred butterfly pea vine rambles gently over its neighbors – in this case, spotted horsemint. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American bumble bee (Bombus pensylvanicus) forages on spurred butterfly pea (Centrosema virginianum) in early August.

American bumble bee (Bombus pensylvanicus) forages on spurred butterfly pea (Centrosema virginianum) in early August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Red rose mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) in mid-August.

Red rose mallow (Hibiscus coccineus) with ironweed and tall tickseed in mid-August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Double decker monarch caterpillars on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in mid-August.

Double decker monarch caterpillars on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in mid-August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Early September view of one of the pollinator garden beds.

Early September view of one of the pollinator garden beds. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillar on pipevine

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillar on pipevine in early September. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch chrysalis on splitbeard bluestem grass

Monarch chrysalis on splitbeard bluestem grass in early September. Photo by Debbie Roos.