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Pollinator-Friendly Plants That Will Keep Your Garden Gorgeous and Healthy

Claire Miles
Jun 10, 2021

If you have a garden, you are probably looking for a solution that will make insects stay away from your flowers and plants. We tend to believe that all bugs will destroy our leaves and roots, but this is far from reality. Insects such as bees, butterflies and ladybugs are essential to a garden. Without these tiny animals, pollen would not be transferred from a flower’s anther to another plant’s stigma. These pollinating insects help propagate plants’ species by allowing the production of fruits and seeds.

There are different types of plants and flowers that will help you keep pollinators around, including small flowers used as spices and perfumes. Some great options to have in your garden are basil, coriander, thyme, lavender, and lantana. If planting a small tree is an option for your garden, these species attract not only pollinators but also birds: Brazilian peppertree, achiote, and grumichama.

Two bees flying near pink flowers

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Besides growing specific flowers and plants, there is something else we can do to welcome more pollinators to our garden. A good way to keep pollinating insects visiting your home is to make little shelters for them. Some butterfly and bee species love living in these structures and, in return, will contribute to the pollination of your plants.