Bees and Other Pollinators Love These Flowering Plants

June 22, 2015 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Even if you already have a good selection, there’s always room for one more species: biodiversity is one area where more is always better. This goes double for food gardeners. Every vegetable plot should have native flowering plants (and grasses) nearby to provide habitat for the pollinators and beneficial insects that act as partners to your gardening efforts.

In general, not including annual vegetables, a proportion of 70-80% native plants in the garden seems to provide good habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and, of course, the birds everyone loves. Even one native species, such as a decorative serviceberry planted in the front yard or some butterfly weed or other milkweed species tucked in the perennial border, will help bring any garden into better ecological balance–and greater beauty.

For those new to native plant gardening, here are some planting guidelines and a list of species suggestions. I have experience with every plant listed and therefore feel I can recommend them. Native bees, honey bees and butterflies will all take advantage of the foraging opportunities you offer.  

Read Bees and Other Pollinators Love These Flowering Plants by Adrian Fischer at resilience.org.


 

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Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Gardens, How-To.

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