Wasps, bees, butterflies, ants, insects, and beetles, are all pollinators. If you are a nature lover like us and make a conscious effort to live sustainably, you’ll love this guide on Permaculture.
If you spend your days and mornings walking in your beautiful gardens, you will realise the importance of pollinator plants. You will catch butterflies, bees, and moths jumping from one colourful plant to another, collecting nectar. The tireless efforts and work of these pollinators have kept plant life going on our planet forever. The best thing we can do to aid the efforts of pollinators is to plant a pollinator garden.
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Why should we plan a pollinator garden?
From a butterfly to a humble flower fly, all the pollinators are responsible for supporting flowering plants and keeping most of the crop species going on our planet. Vegetables like pumpkins and zucchinis count on pollinators. One can only imagine the big wonders these little species perform. While catering to these pollinators seems intuitive, you can always use the little tips and tricks to make your gardens more fruitful for your flying friends.
Planting flowers that attract bees, blooming bushes that attract butterflies, replacing grass with native plants, and more such tips will help you put your pollinator garden plan in place. From filling your garden with nectar-rich flowers to planting native vegetables for attracting bees and butterflies.
Why Pollinator Gardens Matter
Pollinators—i.e., animals that move pollen from one flower to another—are in decline. Pollinator decline is attributed primarily to the loss of habitat and to the use of pesticides. Urbanization is occurring at an alarming rate; our green space is disappearing. Green space is often converted to land for crops, monoculture lawns, or planted with non-native plants that do not support or host local insects that carry out pollination.
With the rapid decline of bees, the widespread availability and use of pesticides, and the economics of past horticulture practices that prioritized a plant’s desirability over its function, we are in a pollinator crisis. This is where pollinator gardens, and you, can help by planting a pollinator garden.
Do Pollinator Gardens Take a Lot of Work to Start?
A beautiful thing about pollinator gardens is that you can do as much or as little work on them as you want after doing a little prep work. The garden can be as small as a window box or as large as a meadow that takes up your entire yard. Just place it in a nice sunny spot and provide the right conditions, and you will make our pollinator friends happy.
Pollinator gardening is some of the most economical gardening you can do. Starting with seed takes a bit more prep work as you have to remove the plants and vegetation currently in the space.
Or, you can use transplants. When using transplants, there are two types of plants to use. Full plants that have some size to them or plugs. Plugs are cheaper, young plants that come in small two-inch tubes that you can buy in large quantities. If you are planting a larger area, using plugs or seeds is the way to go.
It would help if you also looked around online for offers from organizations that support pollinator gardens. Many offer resources in the way of discounts or free seeds or plants to support the creation of pollinator gardens.
What Plants to Include in a Pollinator Garden
Bloom time: September to October
The delightful Dahlias are the shining stars of any garden. The plant results in huge blooms that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Choose open varieties of dahlias such as simple single or double leafed, which are low maintenance and attract pollinators.
Bloom time: August to September
Not entirely a herb or flower, this perennial fragrant plant is a must-have for attracting bees in your gardens. Lavender also helps in keeping the unwanted insects at bay and can be used to fragrance the home.
Bloom time: July to September
Irresistible to bumblebees, butterflies and native bees, this pollinator superstar is a must-have in your gardens. The bee balm flower has a daisy-like shape with petals in shades of red, pink, purple, and white.
Bloom time: July to October
Sunflowers are perfect for attracting birds as well as insects and are popular amongst seed-eaters. Summers are incomplete without beautiful sunflowers.
Bloom time: Spring season
Dandelions are rich in both pollen and nectar and are popular amongst hoverflies and bees. It is one of the easiest and hardiest plants to attract beneficial pollinators.
Bloom time: Spring to Fall
Marigolds have tremendous value for beneficial pollinators like bees and ladybugs. The long-flowering season of these flowers makes them ideal to be planted as companion plants for all kinds of vegetables.
Bloom time: April to June
The daisy like blooms of chamomile are popular as base for many soothing teas and tinctures. But did you know your friendly pollinators like bees, butterflies and ladybugs also love to soak up in the sweet nectar of these herbaceous annual plants.
Bloom time: Late spring through summer
Borage flowers are shaped like stars and are also called starflowers. Borage has sweet nectar which turns it into a paradise for honeybees and bumblebees. All the parts of this plant, be it seeds, leaves or flowers, are edible and are used in culinary and herbal applications.
Bloom time: October to November
Not only do nasturtiums make for a great edible flower in all kinds of salads, their incredibly sweet nectar makes them ideal for pollinators. The long spur of the flower makes it easy for pollinators to reach the nectar and the pollen can also be easily collected.
These blooms may look delicate but they play a vital role in maintaining our ecosystem balance. You can also add some native vegetables to your pollinator garden. Not only will you appreciate the harvest but the beneficial insects in your garden will also enjoy the variety.