– in Newport News, Va.
"It is the
honey that they have produced during the growing season that sustains
them through the winter months."
Honey Month in Virginia, which recognizes honey as a major crop for
the state, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services. And, the bees that produce the
honey are critical to the state’s crops, pollinating apples,
strawberries, tomatoes, soybeans, sunflowers and peanuts.
suggests some fall perennials that benefit bees and other wildlife,
including butterflies and birds:
Fall bee plants
or gloriosa daisy. Blooms June-October with two- to three-inch
bright-yellow daisy-like flowers with dark centers. Grows one to two
feet tall, likes sun to shade and rich/poor and wet/dry soil. Deer
resistant; benefits butterflies and birds, too. Zones 4-9.
novae-angliae, or New England aster. Blooms July-October with numerous
one-inch violet daisies with golden centers. Grows two to four feet
tall, likes sun and average wet, well-drained soil. Loved by
butterflies and bees. To prevent drooping, stake or cut back the plant
before buds form to get shorter, bushier plants. Zones 3-9.
asteroids, or false aster. Blooms July-September with small white
daisy-like flowers with yellow centers; profuse blooms nearly cover
plant in late summer and early autumn. Grows six inches to three feet
tall, likes sun to part shade and average wet/dry, well-drained soil.
Deer resistant; benefits butterflies, too. Zones 3-9.
maculatum, or Joe-pye weed. Blooms July-September with large
flat-topped clusters of fuzzy dull-rose-pink flower heads. Grows two
to seven feet tall, likes sun to part shade and average to rich, moist
soil. Tends to grow shorter in drier soil; spreads by underground
runners. Deer and rabbit resistant; benefits butterflies and
songbirds, too. Zones 4-8.
perfoliatum, or cup plant. Blooms June-September with tall clusters of
large yellow daisies with yellow centers. Grows four to eight feet
tall, likes sun and average, well-drained soil. Needs large growing
space; birds and butterflies sip water from the cupped leaves. Spreads
by seed; benefits butterflies, goldfinches and small insects, too.