Bees–and all pollinators–need nectar and pollen to survive and thrive.  In this state, honey production is down dramatically from 20 years ago due to an increase in “edge to edge” planting on farm acreage and an increase in urban and suburban development.  In urban areas, flowering plants and trees are replaced with manmade materials and in suburbia–lawns replace gardens.

As we enter into another drought year, consider planting pots of pollinator friendly plants on your patio or deck.  Consider replacing some–or better yet, ALL–of your lawn with plantings for pollinators.

Here are some suggestions for plants that will attract these necessary species to your garden and simultaneously reduce your overall water usage.

Why Plant for Pollinators?

The folks at Safer Pest Control Project are at it again!  They have just released a really nice publication called “A Guide to Growing a Climate Friendly Lawn and Garden”.  They are based in Chicago–which is obviously a far different climate than Colorado–but the principles remain the same.

How to build a pollinator garden

Your Urban Garden is better with bees

Establishing Pollinator Meadows from seed

Lawn for Pollinators–grass companions

Seeds:

Applewood Seed Company

BBB Seed Company

Granite Seed Company

The How To’s of Colorado Pollinator Friendly Seed Mixes

Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation

Plants for Pollinators:

CSBA’s “Save the Pollinators” brochure–A 3 season plant guide for pollen and nectar in CO

Plant Select’s Plants for Pollinators

Goddard Space Center’s HoneyBee Net–List of Honey Bee Forage Species in Region 2 CO

Gardening and Farming for Pollinators by OSU Bee Lab (List of Publications)

Top 10 Herbaceous Plants for Pollinators by Ecosystem Gardening

Top 10 Woody Plants for Pollinators by Ecosystem Gardening

Harlequin’s Gardens Plant for the bees!

Gardening for Native Bees in Utah and Beyond

JeffCo Plant List

CSU’s Whitney Cranshaw’s “Gardening for Insects–or Not!” Flowering Plants and Bees

List of Plants Bees Like

Colorado Native Plants Society

CO Native Plant Society Front Range Plant List

NRCS CO PLant List

Colorado Women Who Bee’s Plant List from Mo Nevergold of Dandelion Design

Beyond Pesticide’s “Bee Protective Habitat

 Bee Friendly Plants for your Garden and Farm

Top honeybee Plants

Plant List from Tracy Belleheumer

Pollinator.org Planting Guides:

For the Colorado Plateau Semi-Desert Province

For Intermountain Semi-Desert and Desert Province

For Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe Open Woodland, Coniferous Forest, Alpine Meadow Province

Reduce Turf:

Do More with Less Lawn

Lawn Gone!–A book by landscape designer Pam Penick

Miscellaneous:

Steve Colbert Interviewing Mark Moffett from National Geographic on Comedy Central

National Geographic’s “Buzz on Pollination”

TED Talks on Pollination

Pollinator Week: June 16-22, 2014

 

 

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