Happy spring! I often get the question, “what can I do to really help pollinators?” My response is always to encourage people to plant more flowers. These flowers must be pesticide free to really be of any use to “helping” pollinators, and a tri-season blooming garden is most helpful, as there can be dry spells otherwise, leaving little to no food sources for our pollinating friends.
Lucky for you, Colorado is nearing the “safe” time to plant, and I thought it would be beneficial to share with you a list I have compiled to for pollinator gardens in Colorado yards!
I did some research to construct a garden consisting of food for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, as well as many other pollinators in Colorado. Additionally, I have chosen plants that would bloom at varying times to provide food for pollinators from spring to fall.
Here’s the list:
Catmint (bees of all sizes congregate on this plant)
Hissop/Agastache (of any variety, especially the red ones)
Hummingbird trumpet mint
Smooth blue aster
And here are some more with pictures for your enjoyment!
Sunflowers are always wonderful for pollinators, and later for songbirds.
Wildflower mix from BBBseed
It’s the perfect time to get a plan together for planting in just a few weeks! And with Colorado Pollinator Month on the horizon (JUNE), it would be good to have flowers blooming in your yard so you can snap some pictures of pollinators and join the #pollinateCO campaign across the state. Let’s recognize the creatures that make our state colorful. Look for these posters across the state this June. At the end of May go to coloradopollinatormonth.com for a list of events related to pollinators.
If you like to plant seeds, bbbseed, a company based out of Boulder, has some wonderful seed mixes that produce beautiful flowers all three seasons too!
Come join the movement and help our pollinators!!