Create a Pollinator Garden

What is a pollinator garden? 
A pollinator garden provides food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young pollinators. A garden that will attract pollinators will help these pollinators flourish in the Leduc area and ensure natural plant biodiversity. As an added bonus, by creating a pollinator garden, Leduc residents will assisting the farms around our city produce food for both us and the animals alike. 

When you plant a pollinator garden to attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds, it will help these pollinators flourish and ensure natural plant biodiversity. Pollinators play an incredibly imporant role in preserving biodiversity through their pollination services for both food crops, and wild flowering plants. Fun fact, one in every three bites of food depends on pollinators. The decline in our native pollinators is a warning that not all is well in the environment and that we need to take action to maintain our ecosystem's health and all of  the valuable services it provides for us. 

Pollinator Garden Challenge

Help preserve and nurture Leduc's pollinator population by taking part in Leduc's Pollinator Garden Challenge. Devote some space in your yard or garden to provide food, water and safe shelter and you can be entered to win a Bee Hotel. Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Pollinator Challenge. Registration is now closed. 

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This challenge is part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge: a North American-wide initiative to identify one million pollinator gardens across the continent.

What to plant

  • Flowers of different shapes will attract different types of pollinators.
  • Flowers with bright colours, like blue, purple and yellow, are attractive to native pollinators.
  • White flowers that have a strong scent are attractive, especially to night-time pollinators like moths and flies.

Native plants are often the best option, but old-fashioned or heirloom non-native varieties of plants and herbs can also be quite beneficial. Talk to your local greenhouse to see what plants and trees will thrive in the Leduc Area or have a look at the suggestions below. To learn more tips on start your pollinator garden, click here. 

Late Spring to Early Summer:
Chives Clarkia Clover Dianthus
Larkspur Lupine Osteospermum Pea
Poppy Alyssum Viola  
Mid-Season:
Bachelor's Button Basil Black-eyed Suan Gaillardia
Asclepias Calendula Echinacea Cosmos
Feverfew Foxglove Hollyhock Mondarda 
Squash Pumpkin Thyme Coreopsis
Yarrow Verbena Petunia Nasturtium
Nicotiana Snapdragon    
Late Season:
Asteres Canada Goldenrod Cleome Marigold
Sage Scabiosa Sunflower Zinnia
Pollinator Favourites
Black-eyed Susan This prairie stunner has bright yellow leaves and dark centres. It is also a preferred nectar source of the Poweshiek skipperling, an endangered tall grass prairie butterfly.
Wood Lily Eye-catching orange blooms are a favourite of hummingbirds. Don't dig them out from the roadside - go find a reputable native plan greenhouse.
Wild Bergamont  Pretty purple flowers with an amazing scent (and the leaves smell great, too). Bergamont is an all-around good source of nectar for bees, butterflies and humminbirds. 
Canada Goldenrod A late summer bloomer that is a favourite of bees in local gardens. Goldenrod can also attract native aphids, which bring a vareity of other beneficial insects to eat them, including ladybugs. 
Speedwell This gard version is native to Europe. When they are in bloom, they are covered with bees all day long. When using non-native old-fashioned plants in your garden, make sure they are not invasive in your area.
Aster Family Bees and butterflies alike love these plants!
Milkweed Family These flowers are frequented by butterflies and are very pretty. Low milkweed is a variety common to the Edmonton area.
Sunflowers They come in a huge variety of sizes and colours. A favourite is the prairie sunflower. 
Cherry Trees These are a great early season nectar source for bees. A flowering cherry tree in your yard can attract hundreds of bees at a time!