3 Plants that Promote Pollinators

Jun. 6th, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

We championed pollinators in April (“Every Day is Earth Day: Backing Our Bees”). Now, with National Pollinator Week from June 17-23, it’s not too early to return to this vital and urgent topic.

Most often, when people think of pollinators, bees come to mind. That is with good reason: Bees pollinate 90% of the nation’s apple crop, for example. But various other insects, butterflies, and animals also contribute to the pollinator effort. In fact, the more types of pollinators present, the more diverse and healthy is any given ecosystem.

So what can you do to contribute to the cause? That’s simple: install plants that promote pollinators!  A few recommendations that are as beautiful for the landscape as they are effective at attracting pollinators:

Bloomerang Lilac – Similar to other lilacs, this one blooms in the spring. However, as its name suggests, this type blooms again from late summer through fall.

Pinky Winky Hydrangea – A panicle-type hydrangea, this has white and pink blooms from mid-summer through the end of fall.

Butterfly Bush – You guessed it … a favorite of butterflies (as well as other pollinators).  A range of sizes from dwarf to full-size are available.

All of these, and much more, are available at our Nursery & Garden Center. What will you do to help our pollinators?

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" will be published in the June 12, 2019 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.