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How to Plant for Pollinators

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2 hours

 

Plant for pollinators

Flowers do so much more than just add color and beauty to our gardens — they support and sustain pollinators and other wildlife.

Animals and insects that pollinate plants, like birds and bees, play an important part in fertilizing plants and ensuring the production of seeds. They help carry pollen from one plant to another.

Butterflies, moths and bats are also pollinators.

Even a small garden can make a big impact once it becomes pollinator-friendly.

There are so many beautiful flowering perennials, shrubs, herbs, trees and annuals that attract pollinators. Select flowers and herbs with yellow, red, orange or blue petals and a fresh, mild, flowery, sweet scent to attract pollinators to your landscape.

Add Flowers for Pollinators:

  1. Choose a sunny location. Add to existing gardens or grow a special pollinator-friendly garden.
  2. Remove weeds from the planting area.
  3. Select flowers and herbs in bright colors that have nectar and sticky, scented pollen.
  4. Plant tall flowers near the back of the garden 18”-20” apart. Pollinators love coneflower, sunflower, black-eyed Susan and aster. Their daisy-like petals give them a landing platform.
  5. Plant medium-height flowers next, spacing them about 12” apart. Salvia, yarrow, snapdragon, catmint, penstemon and lamb’s ears are perfect choices.
  6. Plant the shortest plants in the front of your garden, spaced about 8”-10” apart. Short flowers and herbs include viola, verbena and the herbs lavender, rosemary and oregano.
  7. To plant, dig a hole the depth of the plant’s root ball. Gently remove plant from container and place in hole. Cover roots with soil and pat firm so the plant stands tall.
  8. Water well.

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