Fall Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

— Written By

Photos by Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Chatham County

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-September through early December.

For more photos, see:

Summer Snapshots from the Pollinator Garden – 2018

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

Monarch nectaring on palmleaf thoroughwort.

Monarch nectaring on palmleaf thoroughwort in mid-September. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Sphex habenus, sometimes called the golden-reigned wasp, on seashore mallow

Golden-reigned wasp on seashore mallow in late September. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Dwarf Tartarian aster, Aster tartaricus 'Jin Dai' in late September.

Dwarf Tartarian ‘Jin Dai’ aster in late September. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Common buckeye on lanceleaf blanketflower in late September.

Common buckeye on lanceleaf blanketflower in late September. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Variegated fritillary on Maryland golden aster in early October

Variegated fritillary on Maryland golden aster in early October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bluet damselfly on poppy mallow seedhead in early October.

Bluet damselfly on poppy mallow seedhead in early October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carpenter bees having a chat on the dwarf Tartarian 'Jin Dai' aster in early October.

Carpenter bees having a chat on the dwarf Tartarian ‘Jin Dai’ aster in early October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina anole hunting on the climbing aster vine.

Carolina anole hunting on the climbing aster vine in mid-October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Clouded skipper on climbing aster

Clouded skipper on climbing aster in mid-October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Black swallowtail caterpillar on golden alexander in mid-October.

Black swallowtail caterpillar on golden alexander in mid-October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Variegated fritillary chrysalis on climbing aster in mid-October

Variegated fritillary chrysalis on climbing aster in mid-October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The buttonbush is in its fifth month of bloom in late October!

The buttonbush is in its fifth month of bloom in late October! Photo by Debbie Roos.

New England asters and aromatic asters in late October.

New England asters and aromatic asters in late October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Downy skullcap seedheads and pretty fall color in late October.

Downy skullcap seedheads and pretty fall color in late October. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Long-tailed skipper on native purple milkweed in early November.

Long-tailed skipper on native purple milkweed in early November. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Late November view of a climbing aster vine planted as a shrub.

Late November view of a climbing aster vine planted as a shrub. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Seedheads of Maryland golden aster in early December.

Seedheads of Maryland golden aster in early December. Photo by Debbie Roos.