Tuesday, March 20, 2012

bring on the bees!

Of course, no garden would be complete without something to attract the pollinators. My favourite, of course, being the bees.

I found another fantastic guide to what to plant, by zipcode - only this one is exclusively to attract pollinators!

Of course we need the pollinators - they help the plants to propagate and continue the life cycle. The encourage biodiversity in plants - without which we would very quickly lose much of our plant life.

And of course, hey are wonderful to watch - hummingbirds, butterflies, bees....all such exquisite creatures, and most amazing to behold.

A list of plants that attract pollinators:

Calliopsis
Clover
Marigolds
Poppies
Sunflowers
Zinnias

 Perennials
Buttercups
Clematis
Cosmos
Crocuses
Dahlias
Echinacea
English Ivy
Foxglove
Geraniums
Germander
Globe Thistle
Hollyhocks
Hyacinth
Rock Cress
Roses
Sedum
Snowdrops
Squills
Tansy
Yellow Hyssop

 Fruits & Veggies
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cucumbers
Gourds
Fruit Trees
Peppers
Pumpkins
Raspberries
Squash
Strawberries
Watermelons
Wild Garlic  

Herbs
Bee Balm
Borage
Catnip
Coriander/Cilantro
Fennel
Lavender
Mints
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme

 Shrubs
Blueberry
Butterfly Bush
Button Bush
Honeysuckle
Indigo
Privet  

Trees
Alder
American Holly
Basswood
Black Gum
Black Locust
Buckeyes
Catalpa
Eastern Redbud
Golden Rain
Hawthorns
Hazels
Linden
Magnolia
Maples
Mountain Ash
Poplar
Sycamore
Tulip
Willows
Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/bee-friendly-plants#ixzz1pbHlHJ75

2 comments:

  1. You probably already knew this, but just in case... Foxglove is beautiful (it's one of my favourite flowering plants) but it is highly poisonous. Just be careful if you have outdoor furbabies or if Kiernen helps out with gardening. (This is Shylah, BTW.. I have no idea what my google account is going to show. lol)

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  2. Oh, I was all, "Foxglove? Did I post about planting foxglove?" And then I saw the post (good thing I write things down!). Yes. Good to keep in mind, and thank you. I have this grand intention of researching everything I plant - we'll see if it happens as I intend. I already went and got ahead of myself in that area. (I just want to put plants in the ground!) LOL

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