The perfect plants for pollinators


Do you find yourself wishing your Denver lawn buzzed with more bees, birds, and butterflies? At Growing Green Lawn and Tree Solutions, we know how important these insects and animals are to our  planet. From honeybees to hummingbirds, pollinators play a key role in plant reproduction and a healthy  ecosystem. If you would like to see more of these amazing creatures, try adding some of these pollinator friendly plants to your garden.  

Bee Balm 

A gorgeous summer-blooming perennial, Bee Balm (or Monarda) is a great addition to any Denver garden seeking pollinators! This bold member of the mint family can bloom for up to 6 weeks (from mid summer to early fall) allowing birds, bees, and butterflies plenty of time to feast. Bee balm is available in  shades of white, violet, red, and pink. Growing in clumps of upright stems, the plant’s leaves are aromatic  and edible. Bee balm does best in full sun or partial shade conditions but can be susceptible to powdery  mildew. To prevent this, grow the plant in an area that allows good air circulation and water regularly. 

Coreopsis 

This low maintenance, long-blossoming flower is a fantastic option for attracting pollinators to your  Denver garden! While birds can snack on their black seeds, bees and butterflies are attracted to their vivid blooms. With varieties available as annuals or perennials, Coreopsis can be planted anytime between the  spring and fall, when there is no fear of frost. In colors ranging from yellow to orange and pink to red, this  hardy plant does best in sunny conditions with regular weekly watering.  

Herbs
 
From their use in cooking to their ability to feed mature and immature pollinators (like caterpillars), herbs  are an amazing addition to any Denver garden. With so many varieties to chose from, and most attracting  pollinators, the opportunities are endless. However, there are a few that are (almost) guaranteed to attract  the birds, bees, and butterflies. 

Basil, its leaves a culinary favorite, is a fantastic plant for pollinators. When stems are allowed to  blossom, this gorgeous herb blooms green or purple flowers that are known to attract bees and hoverflies.  Basil is best placed in a sunny to partially shady area with good air circulation. If basil is not appealing to you, try growing oregano. Another culinary favorite, oregano is great for supporting both caterpillars and  butterflies. In colors ranging from white to pink, the flowers from this plant can offer sweet nectar for a wide range of pollinators. If neither of these suits your taste, you can also try lavender, dill, or parsley to  create more of a “buzzzz” in your garden.  
At Growing Green, we are here to help you with any of your needs. From offering planting and  landscaping advice, to helping you build and maintain the perfect Denver lawn, we are ready to assist  you. We also offer a multitude of winter services- including snow removal, plowing, and holiday lighting. Contact us today to make an appointment or to get a free quote!
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