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Colorado Pollinator Garden

May 03, 2017 thebeeswaggle

Happy spring!  I often get the question, “what can I do to really help pollinators?”  My response is always to encourage people to plant more flowers.  These flowers must be pesticide free to really be of any use to “helping” pollinators, and a tri-season blooming garden is most helpful, as there can be dry spells otherwise, leaving little to no food sources for our pollinating friends.

Lucky for you, Colorado is nearing the “safe” time to plant, and I thought it would be beneficial to share with you a list I have compiled to for pollinator gardens in Colorado yards!

I did some research to construct a garden consisting of food for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, as well as many other pollinators in Colorado.  Additionally, I have chosen plants that would bloom at varying times to provide food for pollinators from spring to fall.

Here’s the list:

Lavender

Yarrow

Turkish Veronica

Dalmation daisy

Catmint (bees of all sizes congregate on this plant)

Hissop/Agastache (of any variety, especially the red ones)

Coneflowers

Columbines

Hummingbird trumpet mint

Chocolate flower

Smooth blue aster

Cashmere sage

Russian sage

Bluebeard

Rabbitbrush

Mountain Mahogany

Sedum

Yucca 

And here are some more with pictures for your enjoyment!

img_4848Sunflowers are always wonderful for pollinators, and later for songbirds.

img_4447Salvia 

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Lupine

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Bee Balm

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Blanket Flower

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Penstemon

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White Aster

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Black-eyed Susans 

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Wildflower mix from BBBseed

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It’s the perfect time to get a plan together for planting in just a few weeks!  And with Colorado Pollinator Month on the horizon (JUNE), it would be good to have flowers blooming in your yard so you can snap some pictures of pollinators and join the #pollinateCO campaign across the state.  Let’s recognize the creatures that make our state colorful.  Look for these posters across the state this June.  At the end of May go to coloradopollinatormonth.com for a list of events related to pollinators.

12 x18 CO Pol Month Poster

If you like to plant seeds, bbbseed, a company based out of Boulder, has some wonderful seed mixes that produce beautiful flowers all three seasons too!

Come join the movement and help our pollinators!!

#pollinateCO #thebeeswaggle





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