Planting the best pollinator garden
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- Varieties for every blooming season!
- Easy to grow and maintain annuals and perennials
- These mixes and single varieties thrive in bright, sunny growing areas
The purpose of a pollinator garden is to maintain and suppport bees, birds, butterflies and other friendly fliers by supplying essential food in the form of nectar and pollen. This environment ensures that the insects and birds needed to pollinate flowers will stay in the area and transfer pollen from flower to flower. These special gardens vary greatly in size. A full flower field will certainly draw a crowd, but you can even plant a pollinator garden on a balcony or small patio. In order for your space to be considered a true pollinator garden, it should include various nectar producing flowers, avoid pesticides, provide shelter, and have similar flowers close to each other.
While there are endless options (in size, shape and color) for pollinator gardens, we have compiled some of our favorite flowers and herbs to get you started. For an easy and quick option, try one of our pollinator wildflower mixes such as The Bees Knees, or Bird and Butterfly Wildflower Mix. We've already done the work for you and combined the best seeds for the best results. Other good options include bee balm, borage, crocosmia, lavender, lemon mint, and marigold. However, with a little research, you'll find that many of the other seed varieties we carry are beneficial to pollinators as well.
Believe it or not, pollinator gardens have even made a debut in politics. In 2015, the American Society of Landscape Architects collaborated with a New York senator to increase and help encourage pollinator habitats along highways and public footpaths. In recent years, we've seen a decline in bees and their habitats. They are a huge component of the world's food system, and their survival is critiical. So not only will a pollinator garden bring joy and entertainment, it's also a great contribution to our world!
When creating your pollinator garden, try to include a wide selection of species. Consider adding varieties that vary in how early or late in the season they bloom. This will ensure that the visiting pollinators will have a smorgasboard available all summer long. Another consideration is your audience! Butterlies and other pollinators enjoy basking in the sun, so plant Mexican sunflowers or other sun-lovers could be a great choice. Do you have a vegetable garden? Some veggies such as squash and cucumbers require pollination, so perhaps place your pollinator flowers in close proximity. Whatever you decide, sit back and enjoy the great show of new visitors to your landscape.