Providing for Pollinators

I started out modestly planting one variety of plant that would attract hummingbirds. I wanted to be able to take photos of them on flowers not feeders. I have four feeders to attract and help the tiny birds out through spring, summer and fall. Then slowly the obsession grew with wanting to create a hummingbird heaven in my back yard. Over the last few years I have replaced non native shrubs and plants with a variety of native flowers and plants. Of course lots of other pollinators profit from the pollen rich flowers as well.

Wild Bergamot

I planted a lot of wild Bergamot after I fell in love with the plethora of flowers it produces. The hummingbirds are not crazy about it but the butterflies and bees are frequent visitors.

Bee enjoying Bergamot
Glowing Embers Astagache
Hummingbird with Glowing Embers Astagache

All the plants from the Astagache family are Hummingbird favorites. This variety is long blooming and the Hummingbirds love them.

Bee Balm or Monarda

After several unsuccessful attempts to grow Bee Balm I found a spot they liked and have three large examples. They are a showy flower that hummers love. I especially like the photos I get of Hummingbirds with these.

Hummingbird with Bee Balm
Honey Bee with Astagache
Black Bee with Giant Purple Sage
Swallowtail Butterfly with Giant Purple Sage
Rufous Hummingbird with Astagache

It took hard work to transform a rather sterile landscape into a colorful garden full of plants and flowers that pollinators are attracted too. I love sitting in my backyard this time of year watching them enjoy the fruits of my labor. Bees and all Pollinators are under stress as at this time. Consider planting for them when planning your garden.

15 thoughts on “Providing for Pollinators

  1. You and we are pretty much on the same wavelength. πŸ™‚ We’ve been working at eliminating invasive blackberries and introducing natives. What started out as a rather dead patch of ground has come alive these past years. I would love to include bee balm here but could probably use some pointers on the conditions it seemed to favor?

    Loved the photos, especially the hummingbirds.

    1. Thank you! The Bergamot is also a type of bee balm. It’s kind of confusing these names but they are all Monardas of the bee balm family? I first planted them on hilly kind of sandy dirt soil and that was a bust. I have an area with clay a they have thrived there. They need daily sometimes twice daily watering when it’s hot but I feel they are worth the effort. I get all my plants from High Country Gardens online. They have an amazing collection of native plants. Good luck!

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