Attract more pollinators
By: Garden Gate staff
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Draw in pollinators
Attracting pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, wasps, moths and hummingbirds, benefits every plant in your garden. And by planning beds and borders with these helpers in mind, you’ll also provide for their needs — especially when other food and nectar sources may not be abundant.
Keep clicking to find out what makes this beautiful bed so pollinator-friendly!
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Ward off wind
Pollinators are lightweight and easily disturbed by strong gusts. So a planting designed for them would be incomplete without some protection from wind, like the stone wall and evergreen hedge behind this bed.
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From grasses and vines to shrubs and bulbs, include all types of plants in your landscape. This way, an array of flower shapes will cater to different pollinators’ feeding methods, inviting many different types.
Mixing bloom shape and size creates pretty contrast, too. Plus, when you choose a variety of plants, your garden will naturally have a range of bloom times, extending feeding. Summer may be when they’re busiest, but bees, butterflies, wasps, moths and hummingbirds visit your garden from early spring through mid- to late fall, depending on your region.
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Power in numbers
Plant in sweeps to minimize the distance pollinators travel — and, in turn, the energy they spend — to gather pollen and nectar. Masses of bright color work like magnets for butterflies and hummingbirds and clustering together multiples of the same flower increases pollination chances.
Colorful sweeps like the ones here make a big impact on human visitors, as well.