Are you a Purposeful Pollinator?

Do you plant with pollinators in mind, or are you an accidental pollinator? If you choose plants based on flowers, you may be choosing plants for pollinators without knowing it.  Master Gardener Molly Griner took a quick walk through her yard and was surprised to see all of the pollinator activity, when she had not purposefully planted/planned to attract them.  If you take a stroll through your yard, what do you see?  If you would like to see more busy insects, follow these strategies to attract pollinators to your yard.

Plant for pollinators by choosing from the plants below:

To attract hummingbirds, plant the following:
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Coral Bean (Erynthrina herbacea)
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Firebush (Hamelia patens)
Red Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana)
Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
Wild Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)

To attract bees, plant the following:
American Holly (Ilex opaca)
Cabbage Palm (Sabal Palmetto)
Flat-Topped Goldenrod (Solidago microcephala)
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera)
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

To attract butterflies, plant the following:
Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis)
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Firebush (Hamelia patens)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Red Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
Salvia (Sage) (Salvia spp.)
Wild Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)
Here are some photos that Molly snapped while strolling though her yard:

 

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