Plants for Pollinators
Bees, butterflies, moths and more - help keep pollinators thriving, and the ecosystem healthy, by using these helpful plants in your garden this year.
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Because butterflies need a mix of host and nectar plants to survive, butterfly gardens also provide a wonderful cornucopia of beauty for the gardener. Annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs that flower at different times of the year are the best choices. While butterflies are particular about the host plant species their caterpillars will feed on, they are less choosy about the nectar plants they feed on as adults.
Over the years, we've had many contributors that have shared the little corner of their yard that - for lack of a better term - feels a bit magical. If you want to lure feathered friends to your garden, consider adding some plants for birds and pollinators, go the link in our bio or navigate to: #fairygarden #whimsicalgarden #gardenideas #magicgarden #fairiesinthegarden #climbingrose #gardeninspiration #magicinthegarden #gardengram #ferns #pollinatorgarden #gardeningforpollinators
Bee balm (Monarda spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9) has long been a garden staple for its bold flower colors. The common name comes from the fact that the resin is a natural remedy to soothe the ache of bee stings. But this plant is better known in the gardening world for being a favorite of many pollinators, including bees. Here are six of my favorite nativar and native bee balms with colorful, vibrant, pollinator-attracting flowers.