Gardening for pollinators

Have you thought about planting with a purpose? Our flower gardens can be more than ornamental; they can provide valuable habitat for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and all pollinators.

Habitat loss, parasites, pesticides, and other threats are affecting pollinator populations. Research has shown that small-scale gardens rich in floral diversity increase pollinator abundance and diversity.

A pollinator garden needs a variety of plants that will bloom throughout the growing season to provide food for pollinators for all phases of their lifecycles.

A sunny spot is the best location for a pollinator garden. Water and shelter are other elements to consider.

Creating a beautiful garden that includes important nectar and pollen resources can have far-reaching benefits for the greater ecosystem around you.

Want to know more?

Have a gardening question?

Contact a Larimer County Master Gardener by calling 970–498-6000 Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. now through mid-October. You can also email them.

This article was written by Janet Vetter, Colorado State University Extension master gardener in Larimer County.

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