Adapted from an article written by Kevin Cramer, Bloomin’ Easy plants
Pollinator friendly options exist in every plant category and fit even the smallest outdoor spaces. Whether you have a backyard or a balcony, it’s easy to find plants that work for you. In fact, the amount of sun your space gets is more important than square footage. The experts in your local garden centres are happy to help you find beautiful pollinator plants that fit your space.
Plant for every season
Ideally, your garden will provide pollen and nectar from spring to fall. Look for flowering times mentioned on the tag to help you organize. And don’t worry about finding everything in one trip; visit throughout the season to choose what suits your taste and blooms in the current or upcoming season. The bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will thank you for providing a continuous energy source.
A place to call home
Pollinators that don’t migrate will need shelter over winter. Bee houses have become popular DIY projects and a quick Google search will offer plenty of building guides. By giving your pollinator friends a place to call home, their numbers and quality of life will grow.
Ask a Landscape Professional
Landscapers are experts at creating ‘bee friendly’ gardens in any space. From large backyards to patios, the experts know which plants will be successful and create visual appeal throughout the year. In fact, every year landscape companies around the province enter projects for a chance to become a BC Landscape Award of Excellence winner. This is a prestigious award that includes projects from condo balconies to multi-million dollar homes. However, BC has thousands of Landscapers throughout the province which can make it a challenge to find the right landscaper for the job. Read our blog article on what to look for when hiring a landscaper.
Having your own green-space, no matter the size, is important for both the bees and the homeowner. Besides, after a long, hot summer day, you’re more likely to spend your evenings on the deck instead of inside the home.
Kevin has a passion for pollinators and the great outdoors. He’s also the marketing manager at Bloomin’ Easy. Engage with him @bloomineasy