Pollinators are critical for maintaining healthy flora and play a vital role in local ecosystems throughout the year. Making small changes to your landscape will help essential Mid-Atlantic pollinators like bees, birds, and butterflies survive, flourish, and nurture your gardens. Read on to learn how to support pollinator populations on your property this spring.
When selecting plants and flowers for your garden, consider choosing flora native to the Mid-Atlantic region. Varieties that offer an abundance of nectar and pollen are the most desirable, and diverse seasonal blooms provide food and pollen for local pollinators. In addition, planting flowers of many shapes, sizes, and bloom times that have adapted to the region’s environmental conditions, such as climate and soil, creates a sustainable habitat. A few beautiful native blooms from Delaware include:
- Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Pallida)
- White Snakeroot (Ageratina Altissima)
- Wild Bergamot (Monarda Fistulosa)
- Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa)
Providing shelter, nesting, and breeding areas for pollinators will increase the number of beneficial bees, birds, and butterflies on your property, aiding in plant reproduction. Sites for nesting and habitat offer protection from the elements, severe weather, and predators. Additionally, planting trees, shrubs, and different-sized flowers assists pollinators in moving safely throughout your landscape. Incorporating these features on your property will attract a variety of beneficial pollinators.
Bird baths, water gardens, and containers provide essential fresh water for pollinators. Placing submerged stones or pebbles in a shallow, clean water source provides pollinators with safe places to land and drink without the risk of drowning. Refresh water daily and clean containers to avoid attracting mosquitoes and other harmful pests.
With just a few additions to your garden, you can attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, all while creating a stunning landscape. Our team would love to help create the spring landscape of your dreams. Give us a call (302) 661-1950 to discuss how we can help transform your property into a pollinator paradise to enjoy all season long.