Started planting seeds and put up signs for a display garden of native plants for Pollinator Habitat along our county road. And it's already working - our neighbor saw the signs and wanted to know how to make a Habitat on their place up the road!
I am thinking about adding some plants to attract pollinators and predators. I live in Southern Illinois. What types of flowers/plants would you suggest & could you explain some of the basic thinking that goes into your planning? You appear knowledgeable in this area and I am trying to branch out from rot & decay.
Host a party for butterflies at your place! Select a sunny area. These native annuals and perennials will do the rest. Next spring your Butterfly Retreat will invite your guests to feast on nectar and color throughout the season. Butterflies bring you dances of life that continue for years to come.
Contains a beautiful mix of species that will host butterflies in each phase of their life cycle.
These would be good choices also. Each link gives a list of the seeds in the mix:
Tyler is right that buying seeds for your locale is best.
I mainly gave the links for the list of seeds that they give.
"Each link gives a list of the seeds in the mix:" I could not find a list of the seeds that are in the mix for the link Tyler listed. Though I see that the Indian Blanket and the purple coneflower are in their picture. I feel the blue sage would work also.
Invasive plants are Earth's way of insisting we notice her medicines.
Everyone learns what works by learning what doesn't work.
The mixes listed below have worked very well for me. Can't seem to walk through the local co-op without picking some more up. I also throw a lot of buckwheat seed around. It blooms quick & grows easily. It fills in the gaps when not many other plants are blooming. Borage is another honey bee favorite.