Fall is a time we can appreciate what pollinators have helped to bring to our tables, but also a great time to plant for pollinators, and this is the number one way to help pollinators.
The plants you choose should be pesticide free, and most importantly, neonicitinoid free. “Neonics” are systemic pesticides, and end up in all parts of the plant, including pollen and nectar. And once you plant them in the ground, roughly 90% of those nasty pesticides end up in the surrounding environment they are planted in, including the water. If the nursery you shop at is unfamiliar with this type of pesticide, and cannot guarantee their absence in the plants they sell, don’t buy the plants. Additionally, if there is a label stuck in the plant that reads “pest resistant,” that is likely containing neonics, or some type of pesticide.
A garden that provides food from spring to summer to fall is most helpful, which means you will need a variety of flowering plants, and this also means your yard will be a rainbow of colors for you to enjoy!
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. Be sure to consult with your nursery about when to begin your fall planting for each type of plant, as this may vary.
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.
As always, I thank you for joining the movement to save our bees, and in doing so, saving all of our pollinators!