Plant a Pollinator Garden

Plant a pollinator garden. Other pollinators are in trouble in addition to butterflies. According to the USDA website,  Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. More than 3,500 species of native bees help increase crop yields. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects. – See more at:http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/plantsanimals/pollinate/#sthash.deqTgafs.dpuf

In addition to planting the flowers they prefer, pollinators would appreciate a wall or fence to serve as a wind break and a shallow mud hole or pan of water with pea gravel that they can use to land on and rest while getting a drink.

 

Pollinator Preferred Perennials & Annuals

Ageratum houstonianum (ageratum)
Alcea rosea (hollyhock)
Asclepias spp. (milkweeds, butterfly weed)
Aster spp. (asters)
Coreopsis spp. (coreopsis)
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)
Erigeron spp. (fleabanes)
Eupatorium spp. (bonesets, Joe-Pye weeds)
Helianthus spp. (sunflowers)
Heliotropium arborescens (common heliotrope)
Hemerocallis spp. (daylilies)
Lavandula spp. (lavenders)
Leucanthemum maximum (Shasta daisy)
Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)
Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum)
Mentha spp. (mints)
Monarda spp. (bee balms)
Phlox spp. (phlox)
Rudbeckia spp. (coneflowers)
Salvia spp. (sages)
Sedum spectabile (showy stonecrop)
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)
Tagetes patula (French marigold)
Thymus spp. (thymes)
Verbena spp. (verbenas)
Zinnia spp. (zinnias)