Three Perennials to Plant Right Now

Want to save the butterflies and the bees? Plant these easy-to-grow perennials.

The monarch butterfly, the honeybee, and other pollinators are in trouble. But why fret when you can do something about it? We asked the folks at Bachman’s garden centers to recommend three easy-to-maintain plants that will keep you (and your friendly neighborhood pollinators) in blooms all summer long. Simply plant in a hot, dry location and hydrate with one inch of water per week. Then pour yourself a cool drink, toast Bachman’s decision to stop selling plants containing toxic neonicotinoids, and enjoy your garden, knowing you’ve done your part.

Bachman’s, multiple locations including 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-861-7600,

Perennial Salvia
Perennial salvia is characterized by its spike-like stems. It typically blooms in pink, blue, or purple hues. The first buds blossom in late May, but if you cut back the spent flowers, you may get a second smaller batch toward the end of summer into late September. Cost: $6.99/plant.

When you think of black-eyed Susans—aka rudbeckia—you may think of the traditional dark-toned center and yellow petals, but they also can bloom in an orange hue. Some species are clump-forming; others spread out. They bloom in late summer. Cost: $6.99–$9.99/plant.

This midsize, tuft-like perennial is commonly referred to as bee balm for its popularity with nectar-seeking butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. It provides bright pops of pink and purple from July through August and into September. Cost: $7.99/plant.