Back to Blog Home

Show Your Love for Pollinators This Growing Season

Written by Sarah Kickert and Photography by Teresa Kickert

 

Many often wonder why pollinators are important in their garden. Pollinators are important because they are vital in the reproduction of flowering plants and the fruits and vegetables. So if you want large blooms, seeds, fruits, and vegetables in your garden, make it a pollinator friendly garden!

For more information on Minnesota Native Bees check out the University of Minnesota Wild Bees and Building Wild Bee houses (Wild Bee Houses near the middle of the document): http://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/native_bees.pdf

For more information pertaining to pollinator education check out the Learning center at Pollinator Partnership http://www.pollinator.org/usefulresources

Bee on a Dahlia

To attract more pollinators to your garden be sure to ask your designer to include these flowing plants into your plan or look for these plants at your local garden center.  These are not the only flowering plants that attract pollinators.

  • For Butterflies:
    • Perennials: Yarrow, Coneflower, Phlox
    • Annuals: Zinnia, Aster, Dill
  • For Bees:
    • Perennials: Daisy, Aster, Salvia
    • Annuals: Dahlia , Sunflower, Lavender
  • For Humming Birds:
    • Perennials: Lilly, Lilac, Azalea
    • Annuals: Snapdragon, Monkey Flower, Fuchsia

For planting guides check out the Planting Guides at the Pollinator Partnership: http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

In order to give the pollinators the best treatment possible in your garden use these pollinator friendly practices:

National Pollinator Week is June 19th through 25th

Comments are closed.