Planting season is finally here! As you look at your gardens and make plans to add on or renovate, keep in mind that you can create a garden that is not only beautiful to look at, but also beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife.

These gardens don’t have to be large. Pick a sunny spot on the edge of your lawn that isn’t used or where the grass just doesn’t grow well. Dedicating even just a small portion or a few plants in each part of your landscape to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects can make an impact.

In deciding on plants and layout for these or any garden area, keep in mind a few things:

• Mix trees, shrubs, and perennials to create a dynamic look
• Choose types of plants that bloom in different seasons to ensure something is always going on for you and the pollinators
• Mass perennials in large groups to make an impact
• Choose plants that don’t need a lot of help and can survive on their own once established

Here is an example of a small pollinator garden design for a sunny spot to get you started.

 

Garden Plan