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:
|Blue Anise Sage||Joe-Pye Weed||Scorpion-Weed|
|Butterfly Bush||Lemon Balm||Strawberry|
|Butterfly Flower||Linden Tree||Sedum|
|Chase Tree||Muskmelon||Tulip Tree|
|Cosmos||Oregon Grape||Wild Bergamot|
|Creosote Bush||Peach||Wild Buckwheat|
|Fall Sedums||Poplar Tree||Zinnias|
Rohsler's Allendale Nursery
100 Franklin Tpke
Allendale, NJ 07401-2231