Jun 20, 2017
Building Better Pollinator GardensBy Jasmina Dolce

Although National Pollinator Week is coming to an end, it’s important to still keep pollinators in mind all season long. This is a great time to promote pollinator health and celebrate bees, birds and butterflies. Let’s keep the momentum going and continue to do everything we can to conserve pollinator habitats!

Did you know that about 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators and more than 200,000 species of animals act as pollinators? While you may understand the importance of these facts, many consumers are still learning about pollinators and their contributions to the environment. And it is our industry’s responsibility to continue to share as much information as possible.

As concern for pollinator health continues to gain public interest, it is important for retailers and landscape service providers to not only offer but also encourage the use of pollinator-friendly plants.

Have your customers been requesting plants specifically for pollinator gardens? If so, here are some pollinator magnets that you should add to your lineup.

Lantana ‘Havana Pink Sky’
Dümmen Orange

Salvia ‘Rose Marvel’
Darwin Perennials

Ageratum ‘Bumble Silver’
Westhoff

Bidens ‘Beedance Yellow’
Suntory Flowers

Lavender ‘Paris Blue’
Green Fuse Botanicals

Salvia ‘Rockin’ Playin’ the Blues’
Proven Winners

— Jasmina

 


Jasmina Dolce

Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at [email protected]





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