Pollinators: What's the buzz?

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Pollinators: What's the buzz?

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat! Pollinators- butterflies, bees, and moths-also help repopulate plants and add diversity to the environment, making an ecosystem more resilient. Unfortunately, pollinators are in decline. Gardeners are crucial to helping reverse this trend. The simple action of sowing seeds is powerful. It can create habitats that protect and feed pollinators, strengthening their population.

4 P's of Pollinator-Friendly Gardening

Plant flowers: Provide food for pollinators by sowing flowers, especially native varieties.
Plant diversity: Plant a diversity of bloom times, colors, and heights. By staggering bloom times, you provide a reason for pollinators to call your garden home throughout the growing season. Some pollinators are very small and need very small, open flowers in order to access the pollen or nectar. Sow a diversity of flower shapes and sizes, usually simpler (vs. double petal) varieties of flowers work for more species.
Provide water: In your water feature, create small islands with stones where pollinators can land, and climb in and out.
Pass on pesticides: Look for organic ways to block pests, disrupt their life cycle, and invite their predators. Integrated Pest Management (IMP) techniques utilize simpler solutions, such as using a fabric row cover to block pests. Sowing varieties like alyssum or allowing dill to flower, both attract beneficial and predatory insects.

Help Monarch Butterflies

In particular, Monarch butterfly populations have dropped by 90% in recent years. Researchers believe the decline is due to several key factors: milkweed plants are more scarce (a crucial food source for monarch caterpillars), habitat loss including nectar plants for adults, and pesticide use. Monarch butterflies travel an average of 3,000 miles during their annual migration-that takes a lot of energy!

You can increase their habitats by sowing diverse plants that flower specifically during migration. Be sure to include milkweed. Milkweed is the only food plant for monarch caterpillars. Adding native flowering plants will generally provide the highest quality nectar and will the easiest for you to care grow. . Perennials can take a year to flower, unless started indoors very early (10 to 12 weeks before your average last spring frost) and 3 to 5 years to achieve their full size, so integrating some annuals into the mix will provide nectar in the meantime. Deadheading (removing spent blooms) can extend the flowering period of many plants.

Which milkweed is best for my region?
Botanical Interests offers four milkweed varieties: Butterfly Milkweed, Irresistable Blend, Showy, and Common. Check the maps below to find which variety is native to your region.

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Alyssum Basket of Gold Compacta Seeds

Wonderful water-wise groundcover with dense clusters of golden-yellow, early spring flowers.

Item #1077

$ 1.79

Alyssum Sweet Allure Pastel Blend Seeds

A rainbow of pastel shades to add magic to the garden! Compact and covered with blooms.

Item #1267

$ 2.69

Aster China Aster Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

These delightful daisy-like flowers are a treat for the eyes with blooms that open to reveal a stunning range of colors.

Item #1300

$ 1.69

Bachelor's Button Black Magic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Black (deep maroon) flowers are magical when paired with blue or yellow flowers.

Item #1075

$ 1.79

Bachelor's Button Blue Boy HEIRLOOM Seeds

Sky blue flowers make pretty cut or dried flowers and are a delight to honeybees.

Item #1002

$ 1.69

Bachelor's Button Dwarf Blend Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

"Cute as a button" purple, light blue, pink and white flowers for the front of the border.

Item #2002

$ 1.99

Balsam Camellia Flowered HEIRLOOM Seeds

Beautiful columns of color; an old-fashioned Victorian favorite adding cheer to sun-challenged areas.

Item #1298

$ 1.69

Bean Pole Runner Scarlet Emperor HEIRLOOM Seeds

75 days. Large sprays of brilliant red flowers and sweet, tasty pods. Attracts hummingbirds and pollinators.

Item #0244

$ 2.39

Bee Balm Lambada Seeds

A garden treasure of delightful lavender flower clusters with mint/basil scented leaves.

Item #1085

$ 2.69

Beneficial Insect Welcome Seed Collection

Hang out the welcome sign for hard working insects that control pests, with these attractive, blooming plants.

Item #4554

$ 19.00

Bishops Flower White Lace Seeds

This delicate white flower will lend a lacy, airy look to your garden and attract butterflies.

Item #1145

$ 1.69

Black Eyed Susan Vine HEIRLOOM Seeds

Vigorous vine with charming orange, yellow, and white flowers. Groundcover, screen, or hanging basket.

Item #1119

$ 1.99

Bluebells California Bluebells Seeds

Vibrant blue flowers bloom in spring providing splashes of eyecatching color. Easy to grow anywhere. NATIVE

Item #1108

$ 1.79

Broom Corn Amish Rainbow Blend Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

The ultimate fall decoration, broom material, and treat for the birds!

Item #2006

$ 2.99

Butterfly Banquet Seed Collection

Attract butterflies to your garden with these varieties that provide food for our fluttery friends!

Item #4534

$ 20.50

Butterfly Collection Eastern Breeze

Butterflies will flock to your garden with this collection of nectar and host plants native to the eastern U.S. NATIVE

Item #4561

$ 7.95

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Butterfly Collection Midwest Flutter

Create a butterfly haven with this collection of host and nectar plants native to the Midwest. NATIVE

Item #4563

$ 7.95

Butterfly Collection Western Glide

Observe the Monarch butterfly life cycle with this collection of host and nectar plants native to western U.S. NATIVE

Item #4565

$ 7.95

Butterfly Flower Common Milkweed Seeds

Lovely pink flowers provide nectar and habitat for monarch butterflies, their caterpillars, & other pollinators. NATIVE

Item #1319

$ 1.99

Butterfly Flower Irresistible Milkweed Blend Seeds

Clusters of pink and white flowers with a vanilla scent tempt butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects. NATIVE

Item #1243

$ 1.99

Butterfly Flower Milkweed Organic Seeds

Vivid, red-orange flowers attract majestic Monarchs and other colorful butterflies. NATIVE.

Item #2021

$ 2.39

Butterfly Flower Milkweed Seeds

Vivid, red-orange flowers attract majestic Monarchs and other colorful butterflies. NATIVE.

Item #1146

$ 1.99

Butterfly Flower Showy Milkweed Seeds

Sweetly scented clusters of star-like flowers provide nectar and habitat for butterflies and their caterpillars. NATIVE

Item #1320

$ 2.39

Calendula Pot Marigold Oopsy Daisy Seeds

As dazzling as sunshine, these unique bi-color blooms will make you smile every time you pass by. Stunning in bouquets!

Item #1313

$ 2.99

Calendula Pot Marigold Resina Organic Seeds

More than just a pretty face! Petals are preferred for making natural fabric dyes. Attracts pollinators.

Item #2042

$ 2.39

Calendula Pot Marigold Zeolights Organic Seeds

An ornamental superstar! Gorgeous, fully double flowers are also edible. Stunning color changes as blossoms mature.

Item #2009

New! $ 2.39

Cardinal Climber HEIRLOOM Seeds

Stunning red tubular flowers and fern-like foliage on a fast growing, easy to grow vine.

Item #1155

$ 1.99

Chocolate Flower Seeds

Colorful, drought tolerant, attracts butterflies, and has the aroma of chocolate! NATIVE.

Item #1198

$ 3.49

Cleome Spider Flower Fountain Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Dramatic spikes topped with large stunning flower clusters - a visual feast in the summer garden.

Item #1242

$ 1.79

Columbine Rocky Mountain Blue Seeds

Colorado's state flower provides nectar for hummingbirds and sphinx moths. NATIVE.

Item #1008

$ 1.89

Cosmos Bright Lights Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Landing lights for butterflies! Vibrant symmetrial flowers named after the Greek word for "ordered universe".

Item #1049

$ 1.79

Cosmos Candy Stripe Seeds

Markings unique on each flower! A drought tolerant, beautiful cut flower that attracts butterflies!

Item #1147

$ 1.79

Cosmos Double Click Blend Seeds

This award winning, compact, and colorful, double cosmos is a showstopper in the flower garden and in bouquets.

Item #1307

$ 2.99

Cosmos Sea Shells Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Ruffled, rolled seashell-like petals dance above delicate foliage, luring butterflies and hummingbirds.

Item #1073

$ 1.79

Cosmos Sensation Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

A truly sensational blend of charming colors, this cheerful plant delights you with blooms all summer long.

Item #1010

$ 1.69

Cosmos Sensation Blend Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

A truly sensational blend of charming colors, this cheerful plant delights you with blooms all summer long.

Item #2035

$ 2.69

Cottage Pinks Rainbow Loveliness HEIRLOOM Seeds

Unique lacy petals begin the enchantment, with clouds of intoxicating sweet fragrance.

Item #1280

$ 1.99

Cover Crop Crimson Clover HEIRLOOM Seeds (LG)

90-100 days. A hardworking cover crop for your vegetable garden that fixes nitrogen for improved soil fertility.

Item #7280

$ 2.99

Cover Crop Fava Bean Sweet Lorane Improved Organic Seeds (LG)

30-60 Days. Tall green stalks produce ample nitrogen for improved soil fertility. Attracts beneficial insects too!

Item #7617

$ 4.49

Cypress Vine Funny Valentine Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Lovely fernlike foliage and colorful tube-like flowers that flare into a five-pointed star. Excellent screen.

Item #1175

$ 1.99

Delphinium Butterfly Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Delicate spires covered with blossoms on compact plants. Bee, bird, and butterfly charmer!

Item #1222

$ 1.89

Echinacea Purple Coneflower Organic Seeds

This long-blooming, drought-tolerant plant adds late summer color and winter interest. Attractive to butterflies. NATIVE

Item #2044

$ 1.99

Echinacea Purple Coneflower Seeds

Long-blooming drought tolerant plant adds late summer color and winter interest. Attractive to butterflies! NATIVE.

Item #1015

$ 1.69

Echinacea White Swan Seeds

Elegant, sparkling white accent. Seed heads add winter interest and birds love them too!

Item #1220

$ 2.39

Flax Blue HEIRLOOM Seeds

Graceful clusters of long-lasting sky blue flowers on drought-resistant plants. Perfect for colorful wildflower areas.

Item #1016

New! $ 1.79

Flower Mix Bring Home the Butterflies Seeds

Imagine the joy of seeing more butterflies in your garden! This long-blooming, colorful mix supports their lifecycle.

Item #1901

$ 2.69

Flower Mix Bring Home the Butterflies Seeds (LG)

Imagine the joy of seeing more butterflies in your garden! This long-blooming, colorful mix supports their lifecycle.

Item #7009

$ 3.99

Out of Stock

Flower Mix Bulb Companions Seed

Complement your spring blooming bulbs with this mix of brightly colored annuals and tender perennials.

Item #1907

$ 2.99

Flower Mix Bulb Companions Seed (LG)

Complement your spring blooming bulbs with this mix of brightly colored annuals and tender perennials.

Item #7028

$ 5.99

Flower Mix California Color Seeds (LG)

This custom mix creates a landscape filled with the exuberant beauty of California wildflowers. NATIVE.

Item #7022

$ 4.99

Out of Stock

Flower Mix Edible Beauties Seeds

Annual and perennial edible flowers bring brilliant colors and flavors all season to salads, herb butters, and vinegars.

Item #1910

$ 2.69

Flower Mix Edible Beauties Seeds (LG)

Annual and perennial edible flowers bring brilliant colors and flavors all season to salads, herb butters, and vinegars.

Item #7026

$ 4.49

Flower Mix Fairy Meadow Seeds

Create an enchanting, colorful garden that will open your eyes to the magic of fairies!

Item #1902

$ 2.69

Flower Mix Fairy Meadow Seeds (LG)

Create an enchanting, colorful garden that will open your eyes to the magic of fairies!

Item #7018

$ 5.99

Flower Mix Hummingbird Haven Seeds (LG)

Calling all hummingbirds! If this showy, bright mix doesn't attract them, nothing will!

Item #7008

$ 3.99

Flower Mix Made in the Shade Seeds

There's nothing like a nice shady spot to rest in on a hot summer day. Relax among the dazzling colors and textures.

Item #1905

$ 2.69

Flower Mix Made in the Shade Seeds (LG)

There's nothing like a nice shady spot to rest in on a hot summer day. Relax among these dazzling colors and textures.

Item #7005

$ 5.49

Flower Mix Perennial Bloom Seeds (LG)

This fabulous mix of 19 varieties includes flowers from showy to subtle with an enormous array of colors.

Item #7003

$ 5.99

Flower Mix Prairie Splendor Seeds (LG)

Experience the rich hues and warm colors of a native Midwest prairie as your garden comes alive with flowers. NATIVE

Item #7023

$ 4.99

Flower Mix Precious Pollinators Seeds

Provide pollinators sustenance and a place to rest with this vibrant mix of food and nectar plants.

Item #1911

$ 2.69

Flower Mix Precious Pollinators Seeds (LG)

Protect our precious pollinators by providing food and nectar with this vibrant mix of yellows, reds, and blues.

Item #7027

$ 4.49

Flower Mix Songbird Delight Seeds (LG)

Attract a flurry of feathered friends to your garden! This mix supplies a feast for fascinating songbirds.

Item #7017

$ 3.99

Flower Mix Southern Hills and Plains Seeds (LG)

From the heart of Texas to the windswept plains of Oklahoma, native wildflowers paint a spectacle of color. NATIVE.

Item #7024

$ 4.99

Flower Mix Water-Wise Mix Seeds (LG)

A collection of adaptable, drought tolerant, hardy, beautiful varieties for the water-wise gardener.

Item #7002

$ 4.99

Four O'Clock Marvel Of Peru HEIRLOOM Seeds

Lightly fragrant flowers open after 4 PM for late afternoon charm. A lure for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Item #1019

$ 1.79

Gaillardia Goblin Seeds

Masses of fiery blooms blanket the garden all summer. Drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies!

Item #1127

$ 1.89

Gaillardia Mesa Yellow Seeds

A new, yellow beauty to blanket the garden with summer sunshine!

Item #1274

$ 3.49

Gourd Hard-Shelled Corsican HEIRLOOM Seeds

140 days. Use to make serving bowls, jewelry boxes, and many other beautifully decorated containers.

Item #1257

$ 2.99

Grass Little Bluestem Seeds

Drifts of silver-blue leaves turn cinnamon red with golden tones in fall. Outstanding in borders. NATIVE.

Item #1812

$ 2.69

Heliotrope Dwarf Marine Seeds

Smell cherry pie? Large clusters of small, violet-blue flowers, have a sweet perfume reminiscent of cherries & vanilla.

Item #1290

$ 2.69

Hollyhock Indian Spring HEIRLOOM Seeds

Regal, tall spires of old-fashioned single blossoms. Long bloom period. Stunning in cut flower arrangements.

Item #1022

$ 1.89

Hollyhock Outhouse Organic Seeds

This cottage garden charmer is a stunning backdrop in the flowerbed, and makes an edible garnish! Long bloom period.

Item #2048

New! $ 2.39

Hollyhock the Watchman HEIRLOOM Seeds

Towers of edible, dark blossoms are a wicked addition to the back of the flower border, or a cottage garden.

Item #1225

$ 1.89

Hummingbird Nectar Seed Collection

You'll love this collection of hummingbird favorites.

Item #4535

$ 18.50

Hyssop Lavender Hyssop Seeds

Charming anise-scented herb and beautiful ornamental for the back of the border. Wonderful for hot and iced teas. NATIVE

Item #1226

$ 1.79

Hyssop True Hyssop Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Plants explode in mid- and late summer with vibrant purple flowers and the hum of bees.

Item #2029

$ 1.89

I Love Pollinators

Protect pollinators with Botanical Interests and Pollinator Partnership!

Item #4007

$ 1.00

Iceplant Livingstone Daisy Sparkle Blend HEIRLOOM seeds

Brilliantly colored, daisy-like flowers atop succulent foliage sparkle like colorful stars in the sunshine.

Item #1309

$ 1.79

Larkspur Galilee Blend Organic Seeds

A vibrant trouble-free forest of tall, slender flowers in a rainbow of colors atop a mist of foliage.

Item #2036

$ 1.99

Larkspur Shades of Blue Seeds

Irresistibly beautiful, tall, elegant spires attract butterflies & bees. Ideal for cut and dried arrangements.

Item #1063

$ 1.89

Larkspur Sublime Blend Seeds

A superior strain used by professional growers, multi-branched, for fresh & dried arrangements.

Item #1023

$ 1.79

Lavender English Tall HEIRLOOM Seeds

The intoxicating fragrance of lavender has been sought for centuries to lift spirits and freshen the house.

Item #1156

$ 1.89

Lavender Hidcote Dwarf Seeds

Soothe your spirit with the calming fragrance of lavender! This dwarf variety is uniform and compact.

Item #1053

$ 1.89

Lavender Provence Blue Seeds

Get whisked away to a sunny field in Southern France by the heady aroma of this fragrant lavender.

Item #1311

$ 2.39

Linaria Fairy Bouquet HEIRLOOM Seeds

Charm your garden sprites with an abundance of delicate, colorful blossoms that grace the garden all summer.

Item #1269

$ 1.69

Love-In-A-Mist Chocolate and Cream Seeds

The pure white petals with contrasting dark cocoa-colored stamens and seed pods float above whispy green foliage.

Item #1324

New! $ 1.99

Love-In-A-Mist Miss Jekyll Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Delightful flowers atop lacy foliage. Dried seed pods are papery, unusual. Great cut flower. Drought tolerant.

Item #1054

$ 1.69

Lupine Russell Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

Stately lupines always elicit a "wow!". This colorful array of tall flower spikes will take your breath away!

Item #1025

$ 1.99

Marigold French Red Metamorph Organic Seeds

As the temperatures get warmer, the blooms morph from solid burgundy to striped with yellow.

Item #2041

$ 1.99

Out of Stock

Marigold French Favourite Blend Seeds

This bright mix on compact, lacy plants is perfect for borders containers, and will lure butterflies to your garden.

Item #1247

$ 1.99

Marigold French Lemon Drop Seeds

Sunny 1" lemon yellow flowers, great in containers borders and planted in mass.

Item #1068

$ 1.69

Marigold French Naughty Marietta HEIRLOOM Seeds

This award-winning, compact beauty is quick to grow, and low maintenance!

Item #1285

$ 1.79

Marigold Signet Lemon/Tangerine Gems HEIRLOOM Seeds

Brilliant masses of dainty flowers on compact, fragrant plants with lacy foliage. Summer-long color.

Item #1189

$ 1.69

Morning Glory Grandpa Ott's HEIRLOOM Seeds

An old-fashioned variety with stunning color, brought to America from Bavaria in the 1870s.

Item #1154

$ 1.99

Morning Glory Sunrise Blend Seeds

A stunning colorful blend of several varieties. Fast-growing and super in hanging baskets, on fences, and trellises.

Item #1086

$ 1.89

Nasturtium Alaska Variegated HEIRLOOM Seeds

Colorful blooms float above variegated lily pad leaves on compact plants.

Item #1172

$ 1.89

Nasturtium Black Velvet Seeds

Striking, rich ruby blossoms against round, green leaves create a wondrous vision. Contrast with light-colored flowers.

Item #1328

New! $ 2.69

Nasturtium Cherry Rose Jewel Seeds

A profusion of cheery, cherry red, luminous blossoms will delight both your eyes and your palate!

Item #1107

$ 1.89

Nasturtium Fiesta Blend Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds (LG)

An explosion of fiery-colored edible flowers for borders, containers, or a spark of color in your vegetable patch.

Item #7500

$ 5.49

Nasturtium Mahogany Seeds

Glorious, deep red blossoms float atop the contrasting bright green foliage. Edible flowers!

Item #1194

$ 2.39

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