Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: Pollinator plants
Whatever all the reasons are for the bee decline or colony collapse, we can still plant for pollinators. That includes butterflies and hummingbirds!
Planting native species is a good thing and there are plenty of nurseries that offer good native stock. Check out my Favorite Links tab.
I talked this week about Monarda and it’s attraction to bees (as well as butterflies and hummingbirds). Today let’s talk Echinacea.
I also enjoy new cultivars. The one thing we have to understand is that there is always a trade-off of some sort. While you can have a spectacular rose, you may lose some of it’s fragrance. Or perhaps you get a disease resistant tomato that lacks that full flavor you love.
Salvia is another standout for pollinators. It’s a standup plant that grows to 2 feet tall and again that wide. ‘Lyrical Blues’ is one I planted 2 years ago and really love it.
I also want to share with you a new rose by Minnesota breeder David Zlesak. It’s called ‘Above and Beyond’ and is rated to zone 3b. Incredible cold hardiness. This 10 to 14 foot climbing rose has a beautiful yellowy apricot that blooms early in the season and then sporadically throughout summer. Bailey Nurseries, who I talked about earlier this week, introduced it last year but it is now more available. ‘Above and Beyond’ is a vigorous grower and disease resistant. You can train it to climb or let it arch. Plant in full sun and you’ve got yourself a lovely semi-double to double apricot rose with light green foliage. It has a lightly spiced scent.
List of Plants for Pollinators from the University of Minnesota Extension