Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds not only bring beauty and life to our gardens, they also play an important role in fostering healthy plant and animal life. Pollination is the process of transferring pollen from the male part of a flowering plant to the female part of another flowering plant. This exchange fertilizes the plant, allowing for seed and fruit production.
Pollination is crucial for healthy and productive fruiting and flowering plants. It also supports the larger ecosystem. For instance, when a blueberry bush is pollinated by a bee, it will produce fruit. The fruit will then feed wildlife, birds, and humans. The benefits of pollination reverberate throughout the ecosystem, fostering healthy and vibrant plant and animal life.
If you're ready to plant a pollinator-friendly garden, there are a few basic rules to follow.
1. Plant flowering species with staggered flowering periods. You want to create an environment that sustains pollinators in the long term, and the best way to do so is plant a variety of species that bloom during the entire growing season.
2. Do not use harsh chemicals or pesticides. These can harm pollinators, and may play a part in colony collapse disorder.
3. Use native species when possible. We carry a wide range of Southeastern native flowering species, check them out here.
4. Plant large patches of flowering species together to create plenty of fodder for the pollinators.
5. Focus on plants with simple flowering structures. Many flowering species, like roses, have been bred for high petal counts, which can obscure the reproductive organs of the plant. Focus on plants that have open blooms.
6. Be patient! It may take some time for pollinators to find your garden, and for your plants to mature.
7. Do your research. One of our landscape specialists would be happy to help you to pick out flowering plants that will add beauty and beneficial pollinators to your garden.