To invite pollinators into your growing space, simply meet their basic needs: food, water, and shelter. Try Pollinator Petal Mix
or Eastern Pollinator Mix
for a selection of flowers beloved by bees, moths, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Food: Pollinators feed on nectar. The greater the amount of flowering plant varieties, the greater the amount of pollinators that will be attracted. Attracting plants aren’t limited to ornamental flowers; many herb and vegetable blossoms also provide desirable nectar sources. A diverse selection of flowers–of varying shape, size, bloom time, color, and height–will equal a greater diversity, population, and well-being of pollinators.
Water: Pollinators, just like gardeners and plants, need water to survive. Shallow pools with floating elements (for flying pollinators to land on) are ideal–even a small tray or bird bath with a few floating twigs will work. Some pollinators make use of muddy water for providing them with important minerals or even building material (for bee hives), which may make you see the pesky mud puddle in your garden path in a whole new light.
Shelter: While individual plants or plots of pollinator-friendly varieties are doubtlessly beneficial, larger plots or meadows provide not only a source of food, but a safe home and breeding ground as well. Once the flower patch is established and there is no risk of it being overtaken by competing plants, a few weeds can actually be beneficial; they will create a safe home for pollinators to lay eggs, grow larvae, and even overwinter.