We are really lucky, here in the Hamilton area to have the talented and highly knowledgeable, Paul O'Hara to advice us on the best native plants to grow in our gardens, in order to create high-quality habitat for pollinators.
Paul is a field botanist, landscape designer and native plant gardening expert.
His business is Blue Oak Native Landscapes .
Paul has given us permission to share his "Notes on Native Plant Gardening in the Golden
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa): Photo credit, Paul O'Hara.
Hamilton is located on the extreme northern edge of the Deciduous Forest region of Carolinian Canada (which has 25% of Canada's rare and endangered species, according to O'Hara).
In planting habitat for this region, O'Hara's list provides plant selections (including trees, for which is business is known for) that flower at different times, providing nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season. He also provides plant selection for winter interest.
Check out his amazing plant list. As well, Paul has started a little backyard nursery of native plants. Contact Paul to order your native plants today!
Pollination Guelph has created a number of resources: click a link below to download the PDF document. Visit their Web Links page for a greater diversity of resources to help you protect pollinators and their habitats.
Putting Your Garden to Bed the Pollinator-Friendly Way
Suggestions for a Pollinator-Friendly Garden
Plants that Attract Pollinators
Example Full-Sun Pollinator Garden
Make Your Own Wooden Bee Nest
Make Your Own Milk Carton Bee Nest
Your Breakfast With and Without Bees
Why Pollinators are Important to Food Production (Examples)