Native Plants for Pollinators

Bees are typically an insect that are thought of as a pest. They are much more than that.  Honey Bees are crucial to our well bee-ing and the vitality of our landscaping.  Studies have shown a decline in bees and butterflies. Some are even facing extinction. We would like to help you save the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators here in the Metroplex.  One of the ways we can do that is with Native Plants.  The population in our area is growing and natural habitats are declining. It is time, we do our part to preserve the ecosystem.  Join with us and let’s help save the pollinators in our area.

Native plants are those plants that originated in Texas with no human intervention.  They are the lifeline and structure to supporting our local wildlife.  As you drive around DFW you’ll see many trees and plants that let you know you are in the North Central Plains.

Native plants doesn’t mean boring plants. In fact, many of our native plants are brightly colored and provide year round interest. Let’s explore what plants are both great for our ecosystem and are native.

Groundcover:

  • Frog Fruit
  • Horseherb
  • Pigeonberry
  • Wood Violet

Ornamental Grasses:

  • Bluestem
  • Blue Grama
  • Switch Grass

Perennials:

  • Calyophus
  • Coneflower
  • Dalea
  • Flame Acanthus
  • Mist Flower
  • Hibiscus Texas Star
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Sage
  • Texas Lantana

Shrubs:

  • Evergreen Sumac
  • Fragrant Mimosa
  • Prickly Pear
  • Texas Honeysuckle
  • Texas Sage

Ornamental Trees:

  • Eve’s Necklace
  • Mexican Redbud
  • Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum
  • Texas Kidneywood
  • Texas Mountain Laurel
  • Texas Redbud
  • Mexican Buckeye
  • Red Buckeye
  • Desert Willow

Shade Trees:

  • Texas Walnut
  • Western Soapberry

Turf Grass:

  • Buffalo Grass

Types of Pollinators:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Bats
  • Bees
  • Moths
  • Flies
  • Beetles

It is all part of the “circle of life”. We all play a crucial role in keeping our environment sustainable. It’s true bees, butterflies, and insects are vital to not only the plant life but animal and human life alike.  Give them a year-round food supply and they will give your lawn a ton of interest. Avoid using pesticides. If you have to, stick to natural products so not to chase away the native insects that only take what they need to survive.  There are more benefits for you than just helping the bees, native plants require less water and fertilizer thus saving you time and money all while adding beautiful colors and locality to your outdoor space.

Have you decided to add a pollinator garden? How about adding a few native plants to your landscaping? There are numerous options to choose from and the decisions can be over whelming. Give us a call! We would be glad to help you navigate the options!

www.GardenDesignLandscaping.com

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