You may have heard that bee and some butterfly populations, particularly monarchs, are declining around the world. This affects us all because fruit, vegetables, nuts — and even coffee and coco — need to be pollinated. Habitat loss and pesticide use have been blamed for the decrease of pollinators. Planting a garden with lots of native species and other pollen-rich flowers is a good way to support bees and butterflies. Here’s ten ways to get started:
This perennial is a favourite among bees. Try the Mountain Mint variety, which won't take over your garden and makes a delicious tea. Hardy zones: 4–6.