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Best Use of Native Plants for Polinators

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Frequent Making It Grow guest Durant Ashmore reminds us that although native plants should be added to our landscape to support pollinators and other wildlife, they need to be judiciously woven into an overall design to be pleasing additions to our yards and gardens, we can’t have just one of everything. In the pollinator pasture I’m working on, I’m going to follow the design practice of repetition, repetition, repetition. Not only will I leave a more aesthetically pleasing garden for whoever moves into the house after I’m gone, but pollinators are more attracted to large groupings of flowers, and shrubs and trees that offer them food. Since I have a relatively large area, I’m going to do installations of five with most of the species I’m adding. It will help me, too, with watering, to group plants with have similar needs.  

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.