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Creating a Pollinator Friendly Environment
Posted on: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bees
In recent years much has been said about the benefits of pollinators in our gardens and landscapes. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are just a few of the most well recognized beneficial insects and animals that help to pollinate our plants and food—and that we often enjoy watching while relaxing in our garden.
Who doesn't enjoy watching butterflies flutter and perch in their garden? There are many plants that attract butterflies beyond the well-recognized milkweed and butterfly bush.
If you’re looking to create your very own butterfly habitat/garden, click on the following links to learn more:
- Attract Butterflies with these (19) Beautiful Plants
- How to Build Your Garden to Support Butterflies
Hummingbirds are a favorite among pollinators and birds, and can be attracted to your garden through hummingbird nectar and hummingbird feeders, as well as through plants that attract hummingbirds:
- How to Attract Hummingbirds to your Garden Landscape (including hummingbird feeders)
- 27 Plants Hummingbirds Love
Want to help support birds in your desert garden? We've also got a wide selection of birdbaths. Choose from solid-color ceramics, Talavera, and cast stone.
Did you know, there are 20,000 species of bees—in addition to the honey bee? Learn more about wild native bees by clicking the link below.
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When thinking about creating a pollinator-friendly habitat there are some key factors to consider:
- Is there a specific type of pollinator you would like to attract—bee, butterfly, hummingbird, etc.?
- There are several types of plants that are key to creating a successful pollinator habitat:
- Plants that attract pollinators and provide them with food/nectar/az/services/
- Plants that provide a safe growing habitat for these key insects and birds
- Plants to avoid—that deter pollinators
- Balancing your garden with plants that provide for pollinating insects during each stage of their development.
For example, did you know that there are 4 stages in both a bee’s and a butterfly’s life cycle? The egg, the larvae (grub in bees; caterpillar in butterflies), the pupa (chrysalis in butterflies) and the adult bee or butterfly. Different plants support different life stages.
- Organic Gardening: Organic gardening and landscape care can assist in the growth of these beneficial insects and birds, as well as in keeping them nearby and thriving. Learn more about Organic gardening.
You can read more in the in-depth regional guide, "Selecting Plants for Pollinators," developed by the Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC.
Stop by your local SummerWinds Nursery and speak with one of our Trusted Garden Advisors to learn more about what plants work best in the Valley of the Sun to attract specific pollinators to your garden landscape.