As many of you may know, pollinator plants play a crucial role in supporting the lives of pollinators such as bats, bumblebees, and hummingbirds alike. Not only this, but pollinators are a very important part of our ecosystem and make it so that many of the foods we eat (such as almonds, apples and avocados) make it to our plates. With all they do for us, repaying the favor and planting pollinator-friendly plants in our gardens is a great way to thank the pollinators who make it so we get the nourishment we need to survive and thrive! Luckily, our friends at BPA put together 10 tips for starting your pollinator garden. Read on for some of their great tips and tricks about starting a pollinator-friendly garden!
Planting a garden full of native flora helps local pollinators by restoring lost habitat, supporting a balanced ecosystem and by providing shelter, nesting areas and diverse food sources. Follow these tips from BPA’s Pollinator Working Group to start your own pollinator garden.
10 tips for starting your pollinator garden
Native plant suggestions to increase pollinator visits
Herbs: Bees love herbs, and these types of plants make an attractive, low maintenance garden. Plus, it’s an easy way to add some zest to your cooking and make your own teas. Let them flower in the fall when bees need floral resources the most. Plant these herbs in your garden: thyme, sage, lavender, rosemary, summer and winter savory, marjoram, different kinds of basils, mints, borage, chervil, dill, fennel, lemon verbena and parsley.
Flowers: These flowers are native to the Northwest region and provide great food sources to pollinators. Plant salvias, foxgloves, upright fuchsias (for hummingbirds in particular), sedums, asters, big leaf lupine, sunflowers, bee balm, goldenrods, zinnias, milkweed and purple coneflower.
More tips from BPA’s pollinator group
Thanks BPA for putting together these great tips! So, remember that not only does creating a pollinator-friendly garden help support the pollinators, but can actually be something that can really be enjoyed. Grab a refreshing beverage, kick back, and take in the beautiful sights of the colorful plants, flowers, and pollinators that surround you! Now that you’ve learned the ins and outs of starting a pollinator-friendly garden it’s up to you- will you choose to take action and support the livelihood of these life-changing animals that are a vital part of our ecosystem?
Click here for BPA’s article: https://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/10-tips-to-start-a-pollinator-garden.aspx