Plant Pollinator-Friendly Plant Species — New Year 2024 Conservation Resolutions for Community Members!

Supporting our pollinators is a vital ecosystem service that we humans can provide! Pollinators, such as bees, beetles, butterflies, and moths, help plants grow fruits and seeds — without them, we would not have food to eat. Urbanization, mono crop agriculture, light pollution, and many other features of this modern world limit pollinator habitat and restrict their ability to perform ecosystem services that we and our more than human relatives rely on. While many of these limiting factors are out of our control, we can bolster and rebuild habitat! Planting pollinator-friendly plants is a great way to provide for pollinators.

 

Most people can help pollinators! Whether you own a landscape, have containers on a deck, or volunteer for a community garden, caring for pollinators is something you can do. One does not need a lot of space, time, or special skills to contribute.

When at the garden center, ask about native flowering plants instead of non-native plants for your landscape. Native plants have evolved with native pollinators in your area and provide prime habitat for these birds and insects. 

Pollinator-friendly plants come in all shapes and sizes. Some of our favorite native pollinator-friendly plants to use throughout the southern Salish Sea and Portland-Vancouver regions are noted here by space requirements. 

If you have a larger space try out:

Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) 

Vine maple (Acer circinatum) 

Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

If you have a smaller space, or are growing in containers, try out:

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Large-flowered collomia (Collomia grandiflora)

Woodland or coast strawberry (Fragaria vesca/chiloensis)

Oregon iris (Iris tenax)

 

Even if you don’t have a green thumb or experience other limitations to growing plants there are ways that you can support pollinators. We’ve included a few additional low-maintenance suggestions below:

  • Consider skipping the mow and letting your lawn grow a few inches longer than normal. This allows common lawn-plants, like dandelions and clovers, to bloom and the bees love them!
  • Don’t bother with pesticide chemicals in your grass or garden beds. There are natural pest repellents, like cinnamon, that achieve your goals without harming pollinators.
  • Turn off lights when not in use. Some pollinators do their work at night and excess light disturbs their natural rhythms. Cut unnecessary illumination indoors and outdoors to allow for nocturnal business as usual.

 

Curious what native pollinator-friendly plants would do well in your land/porch-scape? Schedule a consultation with SNP! We would be thrilled to help you bolster pollinator habitat. 

 

Cartoon person watering flowers

 

Read more New Year 2024 Conservation Resolutions for Community Members by following the links below!

Stay on Trail

Clean Our Boots Between Adventures

Volunteer Planting & Invasive Removal

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