Why is everyone making such a big deal about pollinators? Read about that here. Got it? Great. So, what’s easy to grow and makes the bees, butterflies and beneficials happy? And, oh yeah, are good companion plants, too? Herbs. Those culinary, easy-to-grow plants do more than make your food tasty.
As noted, herbs are easy-to-grow. (Read how to grow them here.) Cooks love them. (Here are easy and fun recipes from staff.) Herbal teas are fun to make. (Gardenista tells you how here.) Their health benefits are huge. They’re beautiful and fragrant in the garden. (For herb pictures, Pinterest does it best.) And, now, they’re helping out pollinators. Let’s start planting.
You’ll need to allow the herbs to flower to benefit the pollinators. Consider incorporating them into your containers and perennial beds. Due to Comfrey’s size it makes a beautiful back-of-the-border perennial. Basil is pretty when flowering, so plant extra just for the flowers. Each of these are easy to start from seed after the danger of frost is over. Transplants work, too. Listed below is the advised way to plant. Now, let’s hope all danger is frost is gone. The average last spring frost date is April 10. So, we’re getting there.
5 Herbs Pollinators Love
For any questions on growing these herbs, please refer to staff. They’re knowledgeable and ready to help. Now, fingers crossed that spring is FINALLY here.
Written by Cinthia Milner, garden coach and blog writer.
B.B. Barns Garden Center serves all of Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and Tennessee.