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.
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
Top 10 Herbaceous Plants for Pollinators by Ecosystem Gardening
Top 10 Woody Plants for Pollinators by Ecosystem Gardening
CO Native Plant Society Front Range Plant List
Colorado Women Who Bee’s Plant List from Mo Nevergold of Dandelion Design
Beyond Pesticide’s “Bee Protective Habitat”
Pollinator.org Planting Guides:
Lawn Gone!–A book by landscape designer Pam Penick
Steve Colbert Interviewing Mark Moffett from National Geographic on Comedy Central
National Geographic’s “Buzz on Pollination”
Pollinator Week: June 16-22, 2014