Understanding a Pollinator Garden
A pollinator garden is different than a regular garden in that it prioritizes the provision of forage for pollinators. Forage refers to two things in particular: nectar and pollen. Not every flower produces both, and many flowers will not produce either without an adequate supply of water.
Many beekeepers plant pollinator gardens to support their colonies, however anyone can plant a pollinator garden for any number of reasons. Not only are they beautiful with so many flowers blooming year-round, but they attract a wide variety of pollinators beyond honey bees. Butterflies, hummingbirds, bumble bees, and songbirds all frequent pollinator gardens.
The SCBA Gardening Program is committed to providing quality forage year-round in our gardens and educating the community on how this can be done with ease. Towards this end we created a flier that contains ten easy gardening habits to help pollinators.
The "Foolproof Five"
Choosing pollinator-friendly flowering plants can be overwhelming. For this reason we have compiled a handful of plants that are easy to grow and maintain in most of our county, bloom for extended periods, and are favorites of the honey bee.
- Borage (Borago officinalis) also known as "starflower," is an annual herb that blooms over three seasons.
- Lavender (Lavendula) is a perennial shrub and has many varieties that bloom in different times of the year.
- Salvia is a large genus of plants, available in countless sizes and colors.
- Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) is an evergreen, bushy herb, that blooms spring through fall.
- Thyme (Thymus) is a low-growing herb, blooming spring through summer.
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