Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in South Dakota. We’re about USDA Zone 4-5a.
With late summer and early fall flowers in bloom, there are lots to attract butterflies and other pollinators to our yard. It makes natural sense to plant more of what we and the pollinators like. Websites like National Wildlife Federation give us flowers that grow in our zip code that pollinators prefer.
To do your own scouting, check your plants at different times of day to see if and what pollinators are there. In the Plant Exchange yard, there are more native plants or their cultivars, and pollinators seem to prefer them to some of the annuals in bloom.
Painted lady butterflies have been quite the most common butterfly at this time. They have slightly smaller wings than Monarchs, and have a light brown area on their backs, same color as their bodies, close to where the wings attach. You will see lots of them in these photos.
These are some plants in bloom, mostly perennials, that are attracting pollinators here. There are lots more kinds of pollinators than the few you will see.
Coreopsis has had three cutbacks and three flushes of bloom this season since June.
Time for asters.
Agastache in full bloom now, attracts lots of pollinators.
Cariopterix are in their second year of growth and flower.
Garlic chives were planted as annual ornamentals but seem to be quite tenacious if you want them to leave. Quite a lot of pollinators on them, though.
Here is a painted lady on a Black-Eyed Susan vine.
Agastache is probably the standout pollinator attractor at Plant Exchange now.
We hope you are thinking about blooming plants where you live that attract pollinators. Thanks for you visit here today. Please consider joining us again next 15th of the month or later to see what’s in bloom. If you’ve browsed all you want here, now it’s time to see what’s in bloom around the United States and in other countries. To do this, go to Carol Michael’s blog in Indianapolis, IN and see her plants in bloom. At the end of her post on the 15th, you will see a long list of many bloggers like Plant Exchange, waiting to show you their plants in bloom at their links. Have fun!