Butterflies, honeybees, native bees like bumble bees and mason bees are declining because of urbanization, intensive agriculture, and pesticides. Gardeners can help reverse this trend by creating flower-rich gardens that keep pollinator populations healthy. And a healthy bunch of pollinators is good for our garden!

Here are a number of ways you can support pollinators.

Plant pollinator friend plants in your garden. Choose plants that flower throughout the season so bees don’t go hungry – and remember that some native bees rely on native plants. Think twice before removing that dandelion.

Buy or build a box for mason bees. More than 70% of mason bees next in dry soil above the ground, so leave open, un-mulched areas in your garden.

Be tolerant of un-mowed meadows, shrub thickets and our own berry borders and hedge rows at the garden. They’re a perfect place for pollinators to set up house.

Remember to consider:
Long bloom times (especially in spring)
Lots of variations in shape, size and colour – this attracts the widest variations of pollinators.

If you have the room, put in large patches of each kind of flowering plant (about a square meter or so)
Consider nest sites: bee condos, places ground nesters can use and plants with hollow stems.

Here are plants to consider:

Lavender (lavendula)
White clover (trillium ripens)
Heather (calluna)
Purple toadflax (linaria purpúrea)
California lilac (ceanothus)
Bachelor’s button (centaurea)
Bellflower (campanula)
Thyme (thymus)
Forget-me-not (myosotis)
Yellow mustard (brassica)
Sage (salvia)

Cranesbill (geranium)
English daisy (bells perennial)
Rosemary (rosaries)
Mint (menthe)
Oregano (origanum vulgare)
Borage (borage)
Lilly of the valley ()peelers)
Shrubby veronica (heve)
Blackberry/raspberry (rubus)

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