Hummingbird (Photo: Brian Jorg)

Hummingbird (Photo: Brian Jorg)

(Photo: Michael Mckee)

Add pollinator-friendly plants to your yard, balcony, patio or window box! These plants provide natural food sources for pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, that keep our ecosystem buzzing. Pollination is the key to fruit and seed production and new growth of wild plants as well as crops that make up much of our diet.

 

 

Which pollinator-friendly plants grow best in Cincinnati? After more than 25 years of trialing plants, Zoo Horticulturalists know which plants benefit pollinators most. In fact, we’ve created a Zoo’s Best Plants for Pollinators line that you can purchase from dozens of local garden centers.

 


Window box (Photo: Mark Sadowski)

Window box (Photo: Mark Sadowski)

Don’t have a yard?

Try a window box! Choose from a large variety of sizes and styles or, if you’re feeling handy, you can make one yourself. You can even buy brackets that clamp onto a windowsill, if drilling into the building isn’t an option.


Natural Pest Control

Now that you’ve added pollinator-friendly plants to your landscape, try to limit your use of pesticides, which can be harmful to pollinators. The good news is that many of the pollinators you attract will also prey on pest insects.

You can also encourage pest-eating toads to move in by adding a toad abode, or shelter, to your garden. Make your own by placing an overturned clay pot (with an entry hole cut in one side) in a moist, shady place.