Blessed with big, old trees that provide ample shade six months of the year? Lucky you. Just because your property is shady doesn’t mean you can’t plant a colorful, productive pollinator garden that attracts butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. This kit features several New Jersey native plant species that thrive in part to full shade and attract a wide range of pollinators. Stop complaining about your shady backyard, and create something awesome with what you’ve got!
We chose species that are easy to grow (no green thumb required) and that, together, will offer beautiful blooms throughout the growing season.
The kits include 25 individual plants, and will fill 25 square-foot bed (5′ x 5′). Each plant comes as a landscape plug, about 2 inches across and 5 deep. These small starter plants are an economical way to establish a garden from scratch at a fraction of the cost of buying full-sized plants. All kits contain 5 specimens of each species and include a sample plan for your garden.
Kits must be ordered by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd and will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 11th (just in time for Mother’s Day).
Native Pollinator Shade Garden Kit includes:
Height: 12 inches
This shade-loving phlox forms a tight mat of foliage that keeps weeds down and pairs well with some of the other groundcovers in this kit. Attractive purple flowers provide an early burst of color to your yard.
Height: 6-12 inches
A clump-forming plant with airy, pinkish-white spikes of flowers in the spring. Its attractive leaves stick around and make a great groundcover through the fall in a shady or woodland garden.
Height: 2-3 feet
Featuring striking red and yellow flowers in late spring, this plant is a wildlife magnet, attracting everything from hummingbirds to hawkmoths to small birds who eat the seeds. After blooming, the foliage remains attractive well into the fall as long as the soil has a little moisture. It’s relatively short-lived, but it reseeds easily and can spread (non-aggressively) around your garden.
Height: 1-2 feet
A semi-evergreen woodland groundcover. Leaves of variable color form clumps, with delicate greenish-white flower stalks spikes emerging in late spring/early summer.
Height: 1-3 feet
A versatile wildflower whose heart-shaped leaves form a nice spring groundcover. Sprays of purplish blue daisy-like flowers appear in the fall, attracting native bees and butterflies. Plants will form small colonies, and are capable of self-seeding as well.