Pollinator Patch Project

Your small patch can make a big difference!  Join your neighbors in growing pollinator plants to increase community awareness of the importance of pollinators and how we can help them flourish.  Choose one of our ten pollinator friendly plants, and in the spring we will provide you with enough seeds or starts to fill an area of 16 square feet.  We can also provide soil tubs if you aren’t able to plant in the ground.

 

Specific planting and care instructions will be given for the plant you choose. You will also be given a small sign with the project’s logo to show everyone that your patch is part of a larger effort to make Berea a more beautiful and pollinator-friendly place!

Questions? Email Sarah 

sarahbuckley@sustainableberea.org

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Sonja Sunflower

With their bright colors and an abundance of pollen and nectar, sunflowers are among the most inviting pollinator plants.  Their broad, flat faces provide a great landing spot for bees, butterflies and moths.

Life cycle: Annual

Height: 3-4’

 

Soil type: Average to dry

 

Sun requirements: Full sun

Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, moths

Okay in planter tub? No

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Purple Coneflower

Also known as Echinacea, Purple coneflower is a staple in native pollinator gardens in Kentucky.  The brightly colored center provides an excellent landing pad for butterflies.

Life cycle: Perennial

 

Height: 3’

 

Soil type: Average

 

Sun requirements: Full sun

 

Pollinators: Bees, butterflies

Okay for planter tub? No

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Holy Basil

This hardy, low maintenance plant attracts a multitude of pollinators, including hummingbirds. The spicy leaves of this herb are edible and it is a common ingredient in Thai cuisine.

Life cycle: Annual

 

Height: 12-18”

 

Soil type:  Average - moist

 

Sun requirement: Sun - part shade

 

Pollinators: Bees and other pollinator insects

Okay in planter tub? Yes

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Scabiosa

Also known as mourning bride or pincushion flower, these colorful blooms are enticing to butterflies, bees, and moths.  Scabiosa blooms throughout the season, providing color late into the summer.

Life cycle: Annual

 

Height: 2-3’

 

Soil type: Rich, well-drained

Sun requirement: Full sun

 

Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, moths

Okay in planter tub? No

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Borage

This beautiful purple flower is a bee favorite; it attracts many species including bumblebees, honey bees, and many native, wild bees.  It is easy to grow, and will readily reseed itself to provide blooms all season long.

Life cycle: Annual

 

Height: 12”

 

Soil type: Average

 

Sun requirement: Full sun

 

Pollinators: Bees

Okay in planter tub? Yes

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Catmint

Not to be confused with catnip, this aromatic herb produces showy, purple flowers that attract butterflies and bees.  It is easy to grow and does best in part shade, although it can tolerate full sun.

Life cycle: Perennial

 

Height: 12-18”

 

Soil type: Average

 

Sun requirement: Part shade

 

Pollinators: Bees and butterflies

Okay in planter tub?  No

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Yarrow

The colorful, flat tops of yarrow flowers appeal to many types of pollinator insects.  Yarrow is a native to our region.

Life cycle: Perennial

Height: 1-2’

 

Soil type: Average

 

Sun requirements: Full sun

 

Pollinators: Bees and other beneficial insects

Okay for planter tub? Yes

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Anise hyssop

This native perennial is a member of the mint family, and it has a slight licorice aroma.  Its purple flower spikes attract an array of insects and sometimes hummingbirds.

Life cycle: Perennial

 

Height: 2-3’

 

Soil type: Average

 

Sun requirements: Sun - part shade

 

Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths

Okay in planter tub? No

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Dill

The small yellow blossoms produced by dill attract small bees, but the plant also provides food to butterflies and caterpillars. Its flowers are edible and can be used as a garnish.

Life cycle: Annual

 

Height: Varies

 

Soil type: Any

 

Sun requirement: Full sun

 

Pollinators: Bees and other pollinator insects

Okay in planter tub? Yes

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Mountain Mint

The white flowers of this aromatic herb invite a great diversity of pollinators.  It is easy to grow and its edible leaves can be used to make tea.  It can tolerate partial shade. 

Life cycle: Perennial

 

Height: 2-3’

 

Soil type: Average - moist

 

Sun requirement: Full sun

 

Pollinators: Bees and many others

Okay in planter tub? No

 

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