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Pollination is crucial to a thriving world. So important, in fact, that America spends a week every June educating kids, homeowners, and gardeners about the importance of natural pollination during National Pollinator Week. But there’s no reason to wait until summer to promote a healthy landscape. Do your part to see the world in bloom by planting a pollinator garden this spring.

Quick Facts about Pollinators

  • bee pollinating flowerAbout 75% of flowering plants require animal pollination.
  • The most common pollinators are hummingbirds, bats, small mammals, and insects like bees, moths, butterflies, and beetles.
  • Some of our favorite foods require pollinators, including blueberries, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, melons, and almonds.
  • Certain medicines are also a byproduct of plants pollinated by animals.
  • Worried about attracting stingers? Most bees won’t sting unless provoked, and many can’t sting at all!
  • People who suffer pollen allergies usually aren’t allergic to all pollen. If you think you suffer worse allergies than ragweed (the most common culprit), see an allergist and avoid planting gardens that will irritate your allergies.

How to Start a Pollinator Garden

Doing your part to help pollination doesn’t have to be a hassle. Simply plant pollinator-friendly flowers in your spring garden! Some of our (and their!) favorite varieties include:

  • Golden Alexanders
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Marsh Blazing Star
  • Narrowleaf Mountain Mint
  • Narrowleaf Sunflower
  • Wrinkleleaf Goldenrod
  • Cockspur Hawthorn
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Pasture Rose
  • Buttonbush
  • Purple Passion Flower

Overall, blue, yellow, and purple flowers attract bees; red, orange, yellow, blue, and pink flowers attract butterflies; light-colored, evening flowers attract moths; beetles prefer flowers with wide petals; bats prefer night-opening, fruity flowers; and nectar-rich, tubular flowers in red, orange, and purple draw hummingbirds to the garden.

Have questions about starting your pollinator garden? Stop by Autumn Hill Nursery for expert advice, gardening tools, and a wide variety of Georgia flowers.

photo from flickr

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