Summer 2019 Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

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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 220 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 the pollinator garden from late June through mid-September.

For more photos, see:

Spring Snapshots from the Pollinator Garden – 2019

Fall Snapshots from the Pollinator Garden – 2018

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

Coneflowers and mountain mint in late June.

Coneflowers and mountain mint in late June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Variegated fritillary butterfly egg on the tip of a purple passionflower vine in late June.

Variegated fritillary butterfly egg on the tip of a purple passionflower vine in late June. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Rustic sphinx moth caterpillar on native fringetree in early July.

Rustic sphinx moth caterpillar on native fringetree in early July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Wheel bug nymph searching for prey on the orange coneflower in early July.

Wheel bug nymph searching for prey on the orange coneflower in early July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

July 4th in the pollinator garden with culver's root, cardinal flower, coneflowers, and downy skullcap.

July 4th in the pollinator garden with culver’s root, cardinal flower, coneflowers, and downy skullcap. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The American beautyberry is flowering in the pollinator garden and making those beautiful purple berries we all enjoy in the fall!

The American beautyberry is flowering in the pollinator garden and making those beautiful purple berries we all enjoy in the fall! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch on joe-pye weed in mid-July.

Monarch on joe-pye weed in mid-July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Potter wasp on bronze fennel in mid-July.

Potter wasp on bronze fennel in mid-July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

A juniper hairstreak forages next to a scoliid wasp on a rattlesnake master bloom in late July.

A juniper hairstreak forages next to a scoliid wasp on a rattlesnake master bloom in late July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Variegated fritillary caterpillar on purple passionflower vine with butterfly weed seeds in late July.

Variegated fritillary caterpillar on purple passionflower vine with butterfly weed seeds in late July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Native wild quinine, also called American feverfew.

Native wild quinine, also called American feverfew. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Hummingbird clearwing moth on obedient plant in late July.

Hummingbird clearwing moth on obedient plant in late July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tiger swallowtail on red rose mallow in late July.

Tiger swallowtail on red rose mallow in late July. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spurred butterfly pea vine planted as a groundcover.

Spurred butterfly pea vine planted as a groundcover. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Black swallowtail on cardinal flower in early August.

Black swallowtail on cardinal flower in early August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Stink bug eggs on joe-pye weed in early August.

Stink bug eggs on joe-pye weed in early August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

purple passionflower and obedient plant.

Purple passionflower and obedient plant in late August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

American beautyberry in late August.

American beautyberry in late August. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spurred butterfly pea vine rambling over spotted horsemint in mid-September.

Spurred butterfly pea vine rambling over spotted horsemint in mid-September. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cherry Profusion zinnias looks so good with great blue lobelia in mid-September.

Cherry Profusion zinnias looks so good with great blue lobelia in mid-September. Photo by Debbie Roos.