Plants and insects are dependent on each other. Planting the right mix of flowering plants will attract and maintain healthy populations of both pollinating and beneficial insects. In turn, healthy insect populations help to feed birds and wildlife. The larger the number of plant species you grow, the greater the diversity of good insects your garden and landscape will attract.
As natural landscapes across the country become developed into cities, towns, and neighborhoods, it means that habitat for birds, pollinators, and beneficial insects is disappearing. The plants that we grow in our gardens and landscapes can make a difference – it’s essential that we grow plants to help support healthy wildlife and pollinator populations.
Beneficial insects are the unsung heroes of our gardens. They feed on injurious insect pests and keep those populations at non-damaging levels. Plants that are especially valuable for supporting populations of beneficial insects are known as insectary plants. The perennials below, including soil-enriching legumes, are especially valuable.
Pollinating insects are essential for seed production and plant reproduction. Focus on planting a wide diversity of pollinator friendly and insectary plants. The plants below, as well as all the listed insectary plants, are excellent sources of abundant natural nectar.