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Plan for Pollinators All Year

Our weather along the Gulf Coast changes by the day and warmer temperatures occur throughout our fall and winter months. Don’t forget the pollinators on these warmer days. Plan your garden to include blooming plants during the winter months that will be visited by many pollinating bees and flies.

Fatsia is in full bloom during our Fall. It is a wonderful shade tolerant shrub that will offer you attractive foliage for the entire year. Many beneficial flies and bees visit the  white flowers on sturdy stalks, held above the foliage.  Fatsia may also give your garden a tropical look even though it is very winter hardy.

Fatsia flowers

The flowers are an unexpected bonus to growing a Fatsia. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County

There are so many camellias for you to choose for the landscape.  Your bloom cycle will depend on your specific selection but camellias in general offer a food source for pollinators on warmer winter days.  The Escambia County Demonstration Garden features several selections including Snow Drift and Leslie Ann.

Leslie Ann’s pink flowers contrast well with the dark green foliage. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County