Planting for pollinators not only enriches the ecosystem within your yard, but it helps make our world a healthier and more beautiful place! Today, we will teach you how to plant a container creation made to add gorgeous color to your landscape while attracting beneficial pollinators!
How to Make a Container Creation for Pollinators
STEP 1: SUPPLIES
You will need the following items to complete your creation:
- Plants that attract pollinators (more information below)
- Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
- Pottery from Calloway’s or Cornelius
STEP 2: ADD SOIL
Grab your selected pottery.
Make sure it is large enough for your plant selections and then fill the pot with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil. After you add your plants and water thoroughly, add more soil if needed!
STEP 3: PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS
When selecting plants, remember to keep these few details in mind:
- What are the sunlight requirements?
- What are the watering requirements?
- What pollinators do I want to attract?
For a container creation, it is best that all plants have similar sun and water requirements in order to be successful!
Then, choose your plants according to the different types of pollinators you want to attract to your yard.
When putting your container together, try to also use the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” method for an always exciting color display.
For our creation, we chose a few different selections full of lush foliage and vibrant blooms! Here is what we selected:
The classic beauty and softness of a Petunia will never go out of style. Their stunning trumpet-shaped flowers add a sense of grace to any landscape. Available in many shades and colors, Petunias also attract hummingbirds and butterflies because of the nectar-producing capabilities and the inviting shape of their blooms.
Who doesn’t love a Zinnia? They come in a variety of boldly colored blooms with bright yellow centers. With daisy-like petals, these flowers add a dynamic and playful texture and will dazzle in any flowerbed or container. Butterflies and hummingbirds love Zinnias and are a fantastic choice for attracting these beautiful creatures to your yard!
For the focal point in our display, we picked a vibrant and bright red Salvia! With masses of tubular flowers rising above the green foliage, this stunner loves the sunlight and is relatively low maintenance. Salvia is a fantastic choice for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard.
Lavender has so many purposes and uses for you and your daily life. The fragrant scent actually works as a deterrent for mosquitoes while attracting butterflies to your yard. It will help create a fuller looking container creation with its delicate texture and foliage.
Other great nectar-producing plants for annual color are Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Lantana, Marigold, Pentas, and more! Some perennial options are Coreopsis, Daylilies, Rudbeckia, and Yarrow, to name a few. Finally, a couple items that work as host-plant foilage for caterpillars are Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Canna, Ruellia, and Yaupon Holly. Check out our website to learn more about these plants!
STEP 4: FEED & ENJOY
Give your plants the proper nourishment for long-lasting and healthy blooms. Pick up our Calloway’s Natural Garden Food to feed your lawn and garden the organic way.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Want to attract more beneficial pollinators to your yard? Set up feeders, birdhouses, and more to create a comfortable and appealing oasis for all your pollinators to revel in. Visit our birding area for everything you need at our store nearest you!
Plus, stop by THIS SATURDAY from 10:15-11:00 am for more information on How-To Plant for Butterflies & Hummingbirds at our FREE Garden Series Event!