The Madison Community Garden has a perennial flower garden for the purpose of attracting pollinating insects. The pollinator garden is made up of three garden beds and is straight ahead as you walk through the garden gates.
There is increasing evidence that pollinating insects are on the decline, which in turn can reduce crop yields. As a result, there has been interest in planting pollinator gardens which can provide a diversity of pollen and nectar for insects. Birds such as hummingbirds and goldfinches also benefit from these gardens.
|Bloom Period||Height||Flower Color||Native|
Leucanthemum x superbum
|July - September||24" - 36"||White||Native|
|Joe Pye Weed
|August - September||48" - 84"||Purple||Native|
|July - August||36" - 48"||Red||Native|
|Blue Flag Iris
|May - June||24" - 36"||Blue Purple||Native|
Oenothera fruticose L.
|June||18" - 24"||Yellow||Native|
|Pink Showy Primrose
|June - July||12" - 24"||Pink||Not Native
(Native to SW US/Mexico)
|New Jersey Tea
|July - August||24" - 36"||White||Native|
|June - August||36" - 60"||Purple||Native|
|New England Aster
|September - October||36" - 60"||Purple||Native|
|May - June||36" - 48"||Blue||Native|
Achillea millefolium L.
|June - September||24" - 36"||White/Red||Native|
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
S. spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’
|July - September||20" - 24"||Pink/Orange||Not Native
(Native to Eurasia)
|June - August||12" - 36"||Purple||Not Native
(Native to Europe / W. Asia / N. Africa)
|June - August||24" - 48"||Purple||Native|
|Black Eyed Susan
|July - September||24" - 48"||Purple||Native|
|June - September||18" - 24"||Yellow||Native|
|July - September||24" - 48"||Red||Native|
|June - August||24" - 60"||Purplish Pink||Native|
|May - June||12" - 18"||Pink||Native|
- Include some native plants, which will attract more pollinators, and will successfully thrive in our climate and soil. Many native plants are becoming less common in the wild as invasive plants take over; by planting natives you will be helping the environment.
- Use different flower colors and shapes to attract different species.
- Avoid modern hybrids and plants with “double flowers”. As plant breeders are creating plant varieties with a showier flower, pollen and nectar are often sacrificed.
- Use plants with different bloom times, which will ensure a long season of blooming, to provide pollen and nectar all season. For example, Asters are a native plant that produces flowers in October, when most other plants have stopped blooming.
- Consider including milkweed as it is the sole food source of Monarch Butterfly caterpillars.
- Installing favorable breeding spots for native pollinators will help to keep them in the garden. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
>> http://www.npsnj.org/index.html (Native Plant Society of NJ)