National Pollinator Week: Gardening for Pollinators

June 14, 2012 at 1:40 am Leave a comment

Every gardener enjoys watching the birds, bees and butterflies flittering and skittering through their garden.  What we must remember is that while they add joy to our gardening experience they are carrying out the very important task of pollinating the flowers for fruit and seed production while gathering their food.

To attract the pollinators to your garden you must incorporate plants native to your area.  Here in central Virginia plants such as Baptisia sp., Solidago sp. (goldenrod), Rudbeckia sp.(black-eyed Susan) and Amsonia sp.(blue star) will attract many insects to your garden.  Hummingbirds will come looking for tubular flowers such as those found blooming on the vine, Lonicera sempervirens.  Gold finches enjoy searching for seeds on the spine heads of Echinacea purpurea while butterflies seek flat topped or umbels blooming on Yarrow (Achillea sp.) and Asclepias incarnata, (Butterfly weed) pictured here.

By Peggy Singlemann, Director of Horticulture, Maymont

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