Fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, chocolates, and anything that we consume from plants are all products of pollination—and it’s all huge thanks to the hard work of our dear pollinators. Pollinators report for duty by transferring pollen from flower to flower for them to bear seeds, which we will harvest as our source of food later on. Mind you, it’s not just the busy bees we’re talking about. Butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, moths, flies, wasps, ants, and bats also play a part in the pollination process.
But as the environment continues to change drastically, pollinators decrease in number, which puts them at risk of extinction. The widespread use of insecticides and invasive species, and the conversion of natural landscapes and forests into industrial structures for human use worsens the situation. In return, pollinators lose their habitat and their food source.
That’s why growing pollinator-friendly plants in your garden is so important—not only do they provide refuge for the pollinators themselves, but they also help maintain a healthy ecosystem and stable food system that humans can benefit from. In fact, pollinators are recognized as a keystone species group by The National Geographic Society. So, if you’re planning to create a little paradise in your backyard, make sure to include these native pollinator-friendly garden plants in your space. We narrowed it down to best five!
Lavender Commonly used in aromatherapy, lavender is believed to promote calmness and reduce stress and anxiety, so keeping them in the garden will truly help you a lot. These purple blooms are quintessential plants for pollinators, especially bees. They come in three main types: English, Spanish, and French. Lavender thrives well under full sun and afternoon shade in well-draining soil and blooms every summer to fall.
Sunflower For some pop of color, this glowing yellow perennial can transform any dull space. It’s the resident favorite of many beneficial bee species but can also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. In addition, their seeds can be eaten fresh or cooked and can be extracted into oil for cooking and skincare purposes. Sunflowers are heliotropic, which means that they need adequate sunlight to survive. Tolerant of most soils, they grow in all types of zone and bloom every summer into fall.
Basil Coming in many varieties, this fragrant herb is known for its awesome benefits. Aside from adding flavor to your mom’s pasta sauce and making a great garnish for a lot of dishes, basil also fights bacteria in people with respiratory, urinary, abdominal, and skin infections. Basil loves humidity, moisture, and sunlight, so make sure to place them in bright and warm spots. Their flowers bloom every summer and attract bees, like the sunflower.
Oregano Another bee-magnet (and butterflies) versatile herb you can sow and harvest in your backyard is oregano. Much like basil, this perennial antioxidant-rich plant also fits your kitchen and medicine cabinet. It can be used as a seasoning for various dishes and an easy remedy for aching muscles, asthma, and indigestion. Oregano thrives well under full sun or partial shade and does not tolerate wet feet. Just a quick tip: wait for their flower buds to form as oregano leaves often yield the best flavor in that season.
Strawberry Strawberries are one of the many superfoods that give a nutritional asset to your garden—and with a bonus that they’re pollinator-friendly, too! Though hermaphrodites in nature, they gain so much from insects, particularly bees. Good pollinated strawberries tend to have a perfect shape, bigger size, improved zing, and sweeter and juicier taste. Plant them in in-ground gardens, raised beds, and containers with slightly acidic soil ranging from pH 5.5 to 6.8 during the spring or fall season. Make sure to get them at least eight hours of full sun each day and avoid overwatering. Are you willing to buy a plant? Visit our indoor plants collection, and let’s help each other live a sustainable, plant-based life!