Do you love to watch the beautiful butterflies flit from flower to flower, using their long tongues (called proboscis) to sip nectar? Perhaps you’ve marveled at a cellophane bee carving out her nest in bare soil in your landscape. Or you might just really love honey and all the fruits and veggies pollinators help provide for us. Whatever your reason to love pollinators, you’ll find even more on Pollinator Day!

tonkadale-greenhouse-pollinators-day-2016-Yarrow

Yarrow

Tonkadale will host its first Pollinator Day on Sunday, July 17. We meet so many people as passionate about pollinators as we are every day, so we decided to devote a day to learning about how to promote pollinators in the garden. Come for the fun and leave with inspiration and information for how you can attract and promote pollinators even more!

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Plant plants for all-season blooms.
  • Plant large groupings of the same plant.
  • Plant a variety of colors, flower shapes, and heights.
  • Plant in a sunny area when possible.
  • Butterflies need a landing pad (flat flowers like yarrow and coneflower). Bees can tuck inside flowers (like turtle head and catmint).
  • Hummingbirds and Sphinx Moths can hover while they collect nectar out of tubular flowers (like phlox).
  • Something to ponder : “Lawn plants”- are they weeds or bee food?
  • Share what you grow and know!
Foxglove and catmint by Tonkadale Greenhouse

Foxglove, left, and catmint

Plant early bloomers:

  • Dames Rocket
  • Virginia bluebells
  • Bleeding Heart

Plant late bloomers:

  • Aster
  • Sedum
  • Black-Eyed Susan
Ajuga by Tonkadale Greenhouse

Ajuga

Cover ground with groundcovers – that’s what they are here for – rather than solid mulch or rocks.

  • Creeping thyme
  • Ajuga
  • Sedum groundcover

How about shrubs?

  • Annabelle hydrangea
  • Leadplant
  • Rhododendron
  • Spirea
  • Lilacs

What else?

  • Plant ornamental grass to create nesting sites for solitary bees.
  • Provide a water source for bees and butterflies.

See you at Tonkadale Greenhouse on Pollinator Day!