Have you been thinking about bees and butterflies as you make plans for your garden, landscape and outdoor spaces? We have been and think you should be too! Pollinating insects are responsible for every 3rd bite of food we eat, and 75% of all plants require animals for pollination. Insects making up the largest numbers. They are as important to a plants health and well being as the right amount of light, water and nutrients.
Creating a backyard habitat for these pollinators to thrive in is good for them and good for the environment.
Pollinators need food, shelter and water to survive. Pretty easy, right? Flowering plants like Russian sage, coneflowers, and catmint will bring the bees, and butterflies are attracted to petunias, lantana and milkweed. These plants provide nectar and food for our flying friends. Shrubs and grasses are perfect for providing much needed shelter against predators. Make sure to have a water source. Shallow bowls and bird baths work well.
Keep the Color all Season
Consider varying bloom times when planning your design. Choosing plants that bloom at different or multiple times in a season not only keeps your look fresh, but also keeps the bees and butterflies from having to leave to search for another food source.
Perennials are easy to maintain and varying growth can shade or hide weeds. Phlox, salvia, butterfly bush, asters, and bee balms will add depth, color and height. These plants require little maintenance and will come back bigger and better each year.
No Space? No Problem!
You don’t have to have a large area to attract pollinators. Whether it a few plants in the backyard, or a container garden on the patio, every little bit helps! Some beautiful annuals in a cute container is all you need to make a great pollinator habitat.