It’s that time of year that green thumbs begin their gardening. The choice of flower doesn’t seem very important, however, it makes a big difference for the environment. Due to increased urbanization, natural habitats are decreasing, making nectar and pollen sources scarce for honey bees and other pollinators.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there has been a 50% reduction of honey bees since 1940. This is a major problem as honey bees pollinate 1/3 of the foods we eat every day. By planting certain flowers, you will attract more pollinators and help the environment.

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See the tips below to ensure you are supporting pollinators:

Tips for a pollinator-friendly garden:

  • Choose a variety of flowers and flowering plants that are native to your region as local pollinators are particularly adapted to these.
  • Plant flowers in clusters so they are more easily noticed and accessible to pollinators.
  • Consider including exotic plants in your garden as some can produce large amounts of nectar.
  • Choose flowers that will bloom in different seasons.
  • Plant flowers that bloom at night to attract other pollinators, like moths that are active in the evening.
  • Avoid hybridized plants that offer less pollen.

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