Pollinators are an important part of any garden as they play a critical role in the reproduction of the vast majority of flowering plants. Without these helpful little critters many plants would be unsuccessful in producing fruits and seeds for the next generation of plants. Building a pollinator friendly garden can help all of your plants thrive. In addition to attracting many wonderful pollinators, such as hummingbirds and butterflies, pollinator friendly gardens are full of beautiful fragrant flowers.
Building a Pollinator Garden
The main aspects of a pollinator garden are sources of nutrition, shelter and water for the pollinators. Starting with nutrition, it is important to plant a diversity of plants that feature different colors, fragrances, heights and bloom in different seasons to provide nectar all season. Variety helps to attract all sorts of pollinators to the garden. That being said, we recommend planting these varieties in groups of one kind to facilitate efficient pollination. Keep in mind that local pollinators tend to prefer locally native plants and be sure to plant plants that are necessary for the larval stages of pollinators as well. For example, milkweed is the only source of food for larval monarch and is a wonderfully fragrant addition to a pollinator garden. Don’t forget herbs too! Fragrant herbs, such as lavender, also attract pollinators.
Shelter is another key part of the pollinator garden. Layered canopies of different types and sizes of shrubs and trees provide shelter for a variety of pollinators. You can also make specific homes for pollinators by building bee condos and bird/bat houses. Butterflies like warm sunny spots to rest and warm their wings. A couple of flat stones placed in warm spots around the garden are perfect for this. The final key structural part of a pollinator garden is reliable access to clean water. It is important to note that a stagnant water source breed mosquitoes. We recommend creating a gentle slope approaching the water allows pollinators to approach the water without the risk of drowning.
Plants that Attract Pollinators
Here at Hook’s Greenhouse we have lots of pollinator attracting plants that are labeled throughout the greenhouse. These plants include ones that attract specific pollinators or multiple pollinators. We also offer planters that are designed to attract specific pollinators. Below is a list of pollinator plants and the pollinators they attract to help you design your own pollinator garden or planter:
Our helpful staff are happy to help you curate the perfect pollinator garden for your home. This week we are giving away a free milkweed plant or package bird feeder nectar with each purchase. Stop by Hook’s today to start your pollinator garden!