One of the most important decisions when starting a pollinator garden is choosing the right plants. It can be confusing when you are planning a garden that has to provide food for native pollinators in the spring, summer, and fall and making sure they suit the amount of sunlight your yard can offer. But don’t have a bee in your bonnet! We put together this ultimate guide to plants that will be right at home in a pollinator garden.
Summer is in full swing which means that plants that were once blooming are no longer flowering, but pollinators are still foraging for food. Sometimes, thinking about ways to include flowering plants throughout the gardening season can be an oversight. Luckily, here are a few blooming plants you can plant to support pollinators through the rest of the summer:
You’ll find countless native and non-native trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that can be planted in a pollinator garden (ask for suggestions from your local garden center), but here are a few of my favourite bee and butterfly-friendly plants to get you started.
Dealing with aggressive weeds and plants is one of the more frustrating and time-consuming tasks for homeowners. As an organic gardener, most of my weeding is done by hand, but there are times I turn to simple techniques like solarizing or smothering to eliminate persistent weeds like goutweed or chickweed.
With the arrival of autumn many of us ready to put the garden to bed for the season, but before you hang up your gardening gloves, consider putting a little time into weed prevention now as it can not only save you time and effort next spring but even in years to come.