Pollinator Habitats

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Nectar – Stewardship – Success

Birds, bees, and many other pollinators are in serious decline. Why should we care? Pollinators are an essential part of the ecosystem, and help plants to produce the foods we eat every day.

Take heart: Gardeners everywhere can join forces to create a nectar corridor for bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, bats, hoverflies, and hummingbirds.

The experts at Rohsler’s recommend selecting a variety of plants to ensure extended, successive bloom times in your garden. That means consistent food sources for pollinators – and aesthetic benefits for you. Eranthis, Crocuses, and Snowdrops are some of the earliest flowering bulbs along with Hellebores offering available food sources for foraging pollinators. Summer flowering beauties like Coreopsis, Scabiosa, Panicum grass species, and Culver's Root (Veronicastrum) are favorites for pollinators. Japanese Anemones, Asters, Allium thunbergii "Ozawa," Joe-Pye Weed, Hardy Ageratum, and Stonecrop are late-season stars. 

Try the following:

  • Plant nectar-bearing plants in clumps for maximum impact
  • Provide a water source for pollinators
  • Include Milkweed (Asclepias), an important link in the life cycle of Monarch butterflies. Rohsler’s grows its own organic, chemical-free Milkweed from seed.

Your garden continues to host pollinators during the winter. Several species of butterflies lay their eggs on leaf litter and on host plants. Keep beneficial species’ larva on your property. Each autumn, save some leaves to use in your compost area. When cleaning the garden before winter, cut back plants and leave the cuttings on the ground.

Attracting bees to your garden will help with cross pollination. Here are some of their favorite plants:

Apple Grape Hyacinth Rabbit-Brush
Aster Goldenrod Redbud Tree
Bee Balm Hazel Rhododendron
Blackberry Heliotrope Rosemary
Blueberry Horsemint Rue
Black Locust Huckleberry Sage
Blue Anise Sage Joe-Pye Weed Scorpion-Weed 
Borage Lavender Snowberry
Butterfly Bush Lemon Balm Strawberry
Butterfly Flower Linden Tree Sedum 
Caltrop Lupine Summersweet
Cascaba Maple Sunflower
Centaurea Mint Thyme
Chase Tree Muskmelon Tulip Tree  
Cherry Onions Watermelon
Chives Oregano Whitewood Tree  
Cosmos Oregon Grape Wild Bergamot 
Creosote Bush Peach Wild Buckwheat
Currant Pear Wild Lilac 
Elder Penstemon Willow
Forget-Me-Not Portulaca Yellow Locust  
Fall Sedums Poplar Tree Zinnias
False Acacia Pumpkin  
Gaillardia Purple Coneflower   

Pollinator Plants

Blueberries
Blueberries
Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed
Currants
Currants
Bee Balm
Bee Balm
Strawberries
Strawberries
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Bush
Sunflower
Sunflower
Lavendar
Lavendar
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Rohsler's Allendale Nursery
100 Franklin Tpke
Allendale, NJ 07401-2231