About the birds and the bees (and the butterflies)…and the flowers and the trees
Why attract pollinators to your garden?
One of the best (and easiest) things you can do for your garden, yourself and wildlife is to grow pollinator plants in your garden and on your land. Especially if you like to eat.
The next time you bite into juicy apple, enjoy a luscious tomato salad caprese, or bake with almond flour, thank a pollinator. Approximately 1/3 of crop production depends on those busy birds and bees (and other somewhat less adorable pollinators). Without them our food chain is at risk.
Wildlife also depends pollinators for much of their food supply, too. Wild berries, fruits and nuts all need pollinators. Flowering plants depend on them, too - over 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on them to reproduce.
Habitat loss, the rise of invasive species and introduced pests/parasites have all contributed to a decline in pollinators That means fewer bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and other creatures around to pollinate plants.
You can help by growing plants that are especially attractive to pollinators. Pollinator plants add beauty to your landscape and garden, are often native plants and many are deer resistant! You’ll enjoy watching the buzzing bees and zippy hummingbirds plus a host of other pollinators, including butterflies, who will visit your garden.
These Upper Valley garden-tested pollinator plants are easy growers that thrive in local gardens. They do more than attract pollinators - the list includes tasty culinary herbs, nutritious edible plants, easy care ground covers and more.
Lobelia cardinalis- (cardinal flower) - attracts hummingbirds
Culinary herbs- basil, oregano, thyme, chives, garlic… create an herb garden outside your kitchen door!
Nepeta- catmint- native bees will thank you!
Anise hyssop- also huge native bee attractor!
Rudbeckia- blacked eyed susan, in the cone flower family- bees, butterflies…
Woodland ground covers- vinca minor, european ginger, hardy geranium
Sunny ground cover - sedums!
Astilbes- a beautiful deer resistant plant… pink plumy flowers in mid summer.
Rhubarb!! Loaded with nutritional value, including antioxidants, Lutein and vitamin C…
Pulmonaria- one of the most important flowering spring plants for bumble bees waking up from their winter sleep! (they really are fun to watch this time of year- all over my pulmonaria today.)
You’ll find these at The Hanover Garden Club Plant Sale. The plants were grown in our member’s own gardens!
The Hanover Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 19
9AM - noon
The Plant Shed at Pine Knoll Cemetery,
Route 10, Hanover, NH hanovergardenclub.org