Grouping Plants and Flowers Important in Attracting Pollinators
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension. Groupings of plants and flowers is a key to good landscape design, and it turns out that grouping is important in attracting and supporting pollinators, too. Insects who collect pollen and nectar are more likely to find and visit clumps of the same plant material. Diversity is key, too, as pollinators come in all shapes and sizes . Different insects can only successfully get nectar out of certain flowers so try to have a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of flowers in your pollinator plots. And have something blooming at all times –don’t forget about trees and shrubs. With early or late bloom. Keep a bowl with sloping sides filled with clean water nearby. And support nesting sites by having an area with bare ground (for solitary bees), mulch piles, a brush pile and other naturalized (a much nicer word than untidy) places.