Did you know? It’s Pollinator Week!
In recent years, there have been an alarming number of reports on the struggling statuses of bees and butterflies. But with a little guidance, we can try to do our part in helping rebuild the pollinator populations!
Tips for Planting a Pollinator Friendly Garden
- Pick a sunny spot. Did you know insects are cold-blooded? Therefore, they need to warm up their bodies to fly well.
- Cluster nectar plants in large groups so they can be seen from greater distances.
- Plant a variety of native plants that bloom at different times so the adults have a steady supply of nectar and pollen.
- Include food sources, also called host plants, in your garden so butterflies have a place to lay their eggs and the caterpillars have leaves to eat. (Butterfly Weed will draw Monarchs!)
- Some Pollinators like bright colors such as red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple.
- Avoid using heavy chemicals in your garden and on your lawn. These products can kill pollinators and other beneficial insects in both their larval and adult phases.
A short list of Perennials for Pollinators
|Plant Name||Nectar Source||Host Plant||Bloom Time||Exposure|
|Agastache- Hyssop||Yes||No||July-September||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Beardtongue||Yes||No||May-July||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Bee Balm||Yes||No||May-July||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Black Eyed Susan||Yes||No||July-September||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Cardinal Flower||Yes||No||July-September||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Chelone- Turtlehead||Yes||Yes||August-September||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Coneflower||Yes||Yes||July-October||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Garden Phlox||Yes||No||July-September||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Joe Pye Weed||Yes||No||August-September||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Milkweed||Yes||Yes||June-August||Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Threadlead Coreopsis||Yes||No||June-July||Full Sun|
So if you’d like to help rebuild the pollinator populations, keep these tips and perennials in mind when planting. With a little planning and patience, soon bees will be buzzing and butterflies fluttering around your garden.