You've probably noticed that I said, "I almost always choose native plants..." There's always room for a few garden friendly exotics in my garden. They are welcome here as long as they aren't invasive and they provide plenty of pollen and nectar for pollinators. Looking good is also a plus!
|Monarch Butterfly caterpillars eat the leaves of Asclepias tuberosa|
Bumbles are delightful, but, they aren't the only pollinators in our gardens. You may already have noticed a diversity of pollinators busily working in your gardens during the growing season. There's bee imitators, moths, flies, beetles, butterflies, birds, bats and the tiniest little bees!
Plant for them all, you'll be rewarded with seeds; they'll pollinate your fruits and vegetable crops; and, they'll bring you joy.
|Bat faced Cuphea was planted in a container|
This is the first in a series of Monday posts on native bees in the garden.
This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.