Planting for Pollinators
Attracting Birds, Bees & Butterflies is Easy
Not only are birds, bees, & butterflies fun to watch, they also help sustain our ecosystem! With a decrease in population of many native bird & pollinator species, there’s never been a better time to help provide them with essential habitat requirements.
Plant flowers for pollinators to collect pollen and drink nectar, and fruit and seed-bearing plants for birds to feed on. Mass plantings of flowers are more effective for attracting pollinators rather than solitary plantings. Choose plants with various blooming/fruiting times to provide wildlife with year-round food. Create a border on the edge of your yard using various trees and shrubs that meet the needs of native songbirds throughout the year. Adding a few evergreens such as spruce, holly or juniper into this border will help the birds keep cover during winter months.
Fruit & Seed-Bearing Plants For Songbirds
Eastern Red Cedar
Nectar & Pollen Plants For Bees
Blue Mist Shrub
Butterfly Bush Catmint
Redbud Russian Sage
Nectar-Producing Plants For Butterflies
Black Eyed Susan
St. John’s Wort
Nectar Producing-Plants For Hummingbirds
Red Hot Poker
Provide water for bathing & drinking at all times of the year. Birdbaths and ornamental ponds are a great source for this. To provide water for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, place pebbles or small rocks for landing in a shallow dish of water, preventing them from drowning.
Provide shelter such as bushy plants, nesting boxes or even a brush pile. Ornamental grasses provide cover for wildlife during the winter months. Wait to cut back your grasses until early spring. Eliminate the use of harsh chemical applications on plants. The effects can be harmful and even fatal to wildlife.