I have become increasingly interested in pollinator gardening over the years. And while the beauty the flowers bring to my life should be enough, in reality, I am more entertained by the birds, bees, and butterflies they attract.
Each year, I find myself wanting to add plants that will provide nectar, pollen, and shelter to attract more natural entertainment to my yard. I like to think that I plant my pollinator beds to benefit JUST the pollinators, but deep down, I know I do it for my own selfish reasons. BUT I suppose it is a win, win for us both, right? Even my dog, Dahlia, enjoys watching the insects flitter about among the flowers.
If you love watching pollinators in your landscape as much as I do, be sure to plant for all three growing seasons. Here, in mid-October, the lantana and old-fashioned mums in my garden are alive with butterfly and bee activity. But beware, adding pollinator plants to your landscape may turn you into a pollinator addict like me, haha! For more information on pollinator gardens, see HGIC 1727, Pollinator Gardening.