From the Home Garden Seed Association:
“Honeybees have been disappearing in record numbers, and they are not the only pollinators that are
imperiled. Some butterflies and native bees have experienced significant population declines also, says Eric
Mäder, Assistant Pollinator Program Director for the Xerces Society.
It was just a few years ago that homeowners were asking what they could plant that would not attract
bees. Now, the question is more likely to be, “How can
I attract bees and other pollinators to my garden?”
Pollinators are a diverse and fascinating group of
invertebrates, and we have them to thank for beautiful
blooming meadows, juicy summer berries, bountiful
vegetable gardens, and colorful pumpkins and gourds.
The Home Garden Seed Association, inspired by the
conservation work of the Xerces Society, encourages
all home gardeners to help the cause of pollinator
protection by planting more flowers, an important food
resource for all kinds of bees and butterflies. Every
flower border, bed, and windowbox helps!
Visit www.bringbackthepollinators.org and sign the Pollinator
Protection Pledge. You can also order a Pollinator Habitat sign for
“Providing patches of flowers is one thing we can do to improve the
environment for pollinators.” The Xerces Society
• Flowers clustered in clumps of at least four feet in diameter are more attractive
to pollinators than scattered individual flowers.
• A succession of flowering plants that lasts from spring through fall will support a
range of bee species.
• Flowers of different shapes will attract different types of pollinators.
• Pesticides are a major threat to insect pollinators.
• The value, in dollars, of pollinators’ services to our food business is estimated
to be upwards of $4 billion—nothing to sneeze at!
How to Grow a Pollinator Garden from Seed
Now is the time to plan for a bounty of pollen plants
that will help pollinators in your region thrive from
spring through fall.
Early spring: Where winters are cold, pollinators
rely on blooming trees in spring, but early-blooming
flowering plants provide additional resources.
Late spring through summer: Choices
abound! Many pollinator favorites are annuals that
can be easily, and inexpensively, grown from seed.
Late summer into fall: Sunflowers, agastache,
herbs, and marigolds supplement late blooming
perennials in sustaining pollinators into the fall.
Bee and Butterfly Plants You Can Grow Easily from Seed
EARLY-BLOOMING POLLINATOR PLANTS (Bloom time may differ, depending on location)
Baby Blue Eyes
Bishop’s Flower/ Ammi majus
MID-SEASON POLLINATOR PLANTS
Butterfly Flower/ Asclepias
LATE-BLOOMING POLLINATOR PLANTS
Mexican sunflower/ Tithonia
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