Image by SusanneSchulz. What is a pollinator garden? In simple terms, a pollinator garden is one that attracts bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds or other beneficial creatures that transfer pollen from flower to flower, or in some cases, within flowers.
What is a pollinator friendly plant?
Pollinator plants (a.k.a. pollinator-friendly plants) are flowering perennials, annuals, or shrubs that provide the nectar and pollen essential for a flourishing pollinator population. Pollinators include hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.
Do pollinator plants come back every year?
Annual flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs that bees like – all of these can provide valuable foraging for hungry pollinators. Unlike annual flowers that grow bloom and go to seed in one season, perennials come back year after year. The plant does not invest all of its energy into producing seed in one short season.
Is Lavender a pollinator?
Lavender. If you already have lavender in your yard, then you might have noticed that when it’s in bloom, it attracts bees like a magnet. That’s because the fragrant plant has both pollen and nectar to feed the bees.
What flower attracts the most pollinators?
- Snapdragon. The snapdragon is the ultimate bumblebee attractor.
- Sunflower. The beautiful sunflower is perfect for attracting insects as well as birds, who adore their seeds.
Do marigolds attract pollinators?
Marigolds are attractive to bees provided you choose a variety with open centers, so insects can easily find the yellow florets. Little ‘Gem’ marigolds fit this description, but they are not as long-blooming as many French marigolds, which are the preferred type among pollinators in my garden.
How do I attract honey bees to my vegetable garden?
- Use organic-approved pesticides.
- Grow bee-friendly plants.
- Grow colorful flowers.
- Shrink your lawn.
- Offer water.
- Add a bee box.
- Plant a patch of wildflowers.
What flower attracts bees and butterflies?
In general, we have observed that Salvia, Nepeta, Lavender, and Monarda are among the best plants for attracting and feeding bees. For top butterfly magnets, choose your favorite cultivars from the genera Asclepias, Buddleia, Liatris, and Lantana.
Do roses attract pollinators?
Yes, roses attract bees! In fact, these little buzzing insects are perhaps the most common rose pollinator. So, if someone in your household has a bee allergy, don’t plant roses. But if you’re looking to attract these little guys, roses are perfect.
Which flower attracts bees and hummingbirds?
Agastache (Hyssop) – Agastache is a dependable summer bloomer, with aromatic spikes of flowers in a variety of colors and shapes that bees and hummingbirds absolutely adore.
Are hydrangeas good for pollinators?
As a general rule, Hydrangea macrophylla hortensis (French hydrangeas) are of no benefit to pollinating insects, since the flowers are not fertile and no food reward is offered to bees.
How do you make a pollinator friendly garden?
Use a wide variety of plants that bloom from early spring into late fall. Help pollinators find and use them by planting in clumps, rather than single plants. Include plants native to your region. Natives are adapted to your local climate, soil and native pollinators.
What is a pollinator friendly yard?
Creating pollinator friendly lawns means allowing your lawn grasses to grow three inches (8 cm.) long or taller, forming flower heads and seeds to attract pollinators. This longer grass also helps the lawn retain moisture.
How do I attract pollinators to my yard?
- Mix it up. Different pollinators respond to different colors.
- Create drifts.
- Add water.
- Provide shelter.
- Try trees.
- Include natives.
- Let herbs bloom.
- Use pesticides wisely.
How do you create a pollinator habitat?
A pollinator-friendly water source like a shallow tray filled with water and pebbles provides a safe landing place for small insects and birds to grab a drink. Gently moving water from a small stream or soft bubbler is also a great way to advertise a friendly habitat to passing pollinators.
What makes a good pollinator?
Bees are by far the most effective pollinators because they feed only on flowers. Flowers attract and reward bees for their pollination service. Bees gather two kinds of foods from flowers: sugar-rich nectar to fuel their flight and protein-rich pollen, or bee bread, to feed their young brood.
Do pollinators like mulch?
Nectar Plants – Butterflies, bees, and the plants they eat and drink thrive in the sun. Don’t forget to mulch! Mulch helps the soil stay moist and hinders the growth of weeds.
How do you make a pollinator meadow?
Choose open sites that receive full sun throughout most of the day. Level ground is best, however gentle slopes are suitable as long as erosion is controlled during the establishment process. Consider using otherwise marginal land, such as septic fields, parking strips, or roadsides to establish your pollinator meadow.
What are the best pollinators?
- Wild honey bees. Native honey bees are the most commonly known pollinator.
- Managed bees. Wild honey bees are not the only pollinating bee species.
- Bumble bees.
- Other bee species.
- Other Insects.
Pollinator Friendly Container Gardens with Flowers
Cedar chatted with Fiona from Wheen Bee Foundation about the Bee Friendly Farming initiative.
Tour of Pollinator Friendly Garden