Would you like to grow a Pollinator Garden? Now is the time to start planning what pollen plants to use that will help pollinators thrive from spring through fall.
Early spring: Winters are cold and pollinators rely on blooming trees in spring, but early-blooming flowers will help provide additional resources.
Baby Blue-Eyes Parsley
Bishop’s Flower/Ammi magjus Pea
California poppy Poppy
Cerinthe Sweet Alyssum
Chives Clarkia Viola
Clover Dianthus Wallflower
Late spring through summer: Choices abound. Many pollinator favorites are annuals that can be easily, and inexpensively, grown from seed.
Black-eyed Susan Monarda
Blanket flower/Gaillardia Portulaca
Borage Squash, Pumpkin
Butterfly Flower/Asclepias Thyme
Late summer into fall: Sunflowers, agastache, herbs and marigolds supplement late blooming perennials to help sustain pollinators into the fall.
- Flowers clustered in clumps of at least four feet in diameter are more attractive to pollinators. But don’t let this deter you if you own a small garden, just plant more then one plant. Any odd number combination, three, five, seven is more pleasing to look upon and we will also be enjoying the garden.
- A succession of flowering plants that lasts from spring to fall will support a wide range of bee species.
- Flowers of different shapes will attract different types of pollinators.
- Pesticides are a major threat to insect pollinators, so I caution against using any organics’ as they can be just as deadly as a chemical.
- The value, in dollars, of pollinator’s services to our food business is estimated to upwards of $4 billion.
So why not consider a pollinator garden. As well as helping the pollinators, we have the joy of seeing flowers from spring till fall, and winter is only around the corner and it seems to last longer the older I get.