Growing a Pollinator Garden

June 20 - growing a pollinator garden

Much has been in the news about creating garden environments that provide pollinators, especially bees, with plant accessibility.  Pollinators are not just bees and wasps, but include flies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, and beetles. Their role in horticulture is critical for many reasons.  So why not plant your own pollinator garden that include bee friendly plants and others that attract different pollinators?

Here are some things about pollinators in general:

  • Color preferences: Pollinators prefer bright colors: purples, yellows, whites
  • Pollinators love fragrant, single blooms
  • Gardens with varying blooming times give extended opportunities for pollinators to stick around. Perennials are a great way to make this happen because most of them have a season of bloom: spring, summer, and fall.
  • Be sure that your garden is pesticide free – pesticides kill pollinators, plain and simple. The internet is full of ideas that use home remedies to help with warding off garden pests that don’t interfere with pollinators.
  • Including a water feature in your garden creates an inviting environment for pollinators.
  • Deadhead old blooms so there are always fresh flowers available.

The chart below lists favorite annual and perennial flowers for pollinators.

Pollinator Chart
Annuals Perennials
Spring Bloomers: Summer Bloomers: Fall Bloomers:
Fragrant Herbs:

Basil, Catnip, Marjoram,  Mint, Oregano, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme

Allium

Anemone
(Pasque Flower)

Coreopsis
(Tickseed)

Delphinium

Echinacea
(Cone Flower)

Iris

Hellebore

Phlox subulata

Primula

Creeping Thyme

Agastache
(Giant Hyssop)Asclepias
(Butterfly Weed)Alcea
(Hollyhock)Eupatorium
(Joe Pye Weed)GaillardiaGlobe ThistleHeliopsis
(False Sunflower)

Heuchera
(Coral Bells)

Leucanthemum
(Shasta Daisy)

Lily

Monarda
(Bee Balm)

Papaver

Salvia

 

 

Aster

Liatris
(Purple Gay Feather)

Tall Fall Blooming Sedum

Solidago
(Goldenrod)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

Annuals:

Alyssum                 Asters

Calendula             Cleome

Cosmos

Evening Scented Stocks

Geranium            Gladiola

Lantana             Marigolds

Mirabilis
(4 O’Clocks)

Nasturtium          Nemesia

Phlox               Rudbeckia

Stocks              Sunflower

Verbena                  Zinnia

Veggies:

Cucumber, Pumpkin, Tomatoes

Sources: 

kidsgardening.org
natureconservancy.ca
millionpollinatorgardens.org
gardenontario.org