The Importance of Pollinator Gardens
Bees are essential for the reproduction of many flowering plants and pollinate most agricultural crops. Sadly, pollinator populations have been on a steady decline due to habitat loss and the commercial use of pesticides. You can help save the wonderful pollinators of our earth by designing your very own pollinator garden! Here are 13 flowers that we love but will also help your garden thrive and attract the bees!
13 Pollinator Plants
Borage provides ample sweet nectar, which is perfect for bees.
- Butterfly Bush
An excellent choice for attracting butterflies!
Butterflies and bees enjoy a drink of this flower’s sweet nectar.
- Cow Parsnip
The cow parsnip is one of the best sources of nectar and pollen for a wide variety of pollinators, especially small bees, and wasps.
It’s best to choose the more open types of dahlias, such as the simple single or semi-double flowered types, which are hardy and low-maintenance plants that pollinators love.
The classic white and yellow appearance usually associated with this flower is particularly adept at attracting helpful flying friends.
Dandelions are one of the easiest, hardiest plants that offer a surefire way to attract beneficial insects to your garden. Rather than getting rid of these bright yellow delights, we should be doing everything in our power to encourage them to grow!
Planting late-season blooms like Solidago is key to keeping your new friends around, encouraging them to stay rather than moving on to greener pastures.
Bees go absolutely crazy for lavender, which also has other interesting properties that help with warding off unwanted insects, such as fleas, flies, and mosquitoes.
Marigold also comes with the added bonus of being excellent for improving soil health, and its roots are supposed to ward off disease-causing soil nematodes that often afflict tomatoes and other vegetables.
Butterflies, wild and domestic bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators enjoy visiting this flower.
The snapdragon deliberately releases scent during the bumblebee’s most active hours during the day, which proves irresistible for the bee!
The beautiful sunflower is perfect for attracting insects.
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