The Importance of Native Species
Native Wildflower Seeds for Pollinators
Few people truly give much thought to the vital role that pollinators play in gardening and agriculture – and to the wider ecological picture. Without pollinators, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, for human beings to grow the food that we need to survive on this planet. Sowing native wildflower seeds for pollinators is one of a number of things gardeners can do to protect them.
Why Choose Native Wildflowers?
Many flowers, herbs and other plants are excellent for pollinators, and will attract them to your garden. But any planting scheme for pollinators must include native plant species. Native plants grow best in your area – being the right plants for the right place. They will also help to protect local ecological balance. Native wildflowers will promote natural biodiversity where you live.
Biodiversity is important. Not only will a biodiverse garden look and feel great, it will also attract the pollinators and other beneficial wildlife you need to successfully grow food at home. What is more, a biodiverse garden will be more resilient in the face of climate change and other challenges.
What To Look For In Good Plants For Pollinators
The aim for gardeners looking to attract pollinators is to make sure they provide bees and other pollinators with a source of nectar year round. In addition:
- Single blooms are better for pollinators than doubles.
- Scent can help in attracting pollinators to your garden.
- Bees are particularly attracted to purple and white flowers.
- Shape of flower is also important – different pollinators will be attracted to different shapes.
Sowing a seed bomb in your garden is one way to make sure pollinators thrive where you live.