There has been a lot of talk the last couple of years about the importance of pollinator plants and pollinating insects. To name just a few, pollinating insects and mammals include several varieties of bees, wasps, flies, beetles, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds. Pollinators are important to properly pollinate fruits and vegetables. Without pollinators, our food sources would have a difficult time properly forming its fruit or reaching the yield potential that they could reach.
Planting a pollinator garden will help attract pollinators to your garden or orchard. Plants that attract pollinators include zinnias, aster, bee balm, cosmos, delphinium, phlox, oregano, linden, apple, geranium and daylilies. We have a great selection of pollinator plants as well as native varieties at Parkview Nursery. It is important to select plants that will flower at different times to encourage pollinators to visit your yard throughout the entire growing season.
Providing shelter for your pollinators will also help pollinators survive in your yard. Insect hotels are a great way to shelter insects like mason bees and butterflies. An insect hotel can be purchased at Parkview Nursery and we also have insect hotel kits that would make a great project with your kids!
If you have questions about pollinator gardens please feel free to stop in to Parkview at any time! We would be happy to help you create a pollinator friendly garden.