Herbs and pollinators

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Pollinator-Friendly Herbs

By Karin Eller

There are many articles about pollinator friendly flowers, but what about herbs?  Herbs have many uses medicinal, culinary and even ornamental.    They can be grown in containers, draping over walls and planted in drought tolerant landscapes and in the shade.  Herbs are excellent choice for planting on hillsides to keep weeds smothered.  Unfortunately, they are not usually considered to be part of the flower garden or landscape for our pollinating friends. With the many new varieties and old favorites available there is an herb out there for any use to beautify your garden.

Coral Reef Monarda -
Coral Reef Monarda –

Monarda or Bee Balm is a full sun perennial that most gardeners are familiar with. The bright red flowers of this plant are iconic.  Though with recent introductions, there is a myriad of colors available.  There are varieties such as ‘Lilac Lollipop’, with soft lilac colored blooms to ‘Coral Reef’ that has a mellowed orange hue.  These new introductions can grow to approximately 24” in height depending on the variety, enjoying the same conditions as the parent plant.  Deadheading will keep this plant producing blooms thought the growing season.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.