How do you encourage birds and beneficial insects to visit your garden? How do you ensure a great crop of fruits and vegetables? POLLINATOR PLANTS! Tyler’s 2017 Plant Sale puts a focus on pollinator plants to bring birds, bees, and bugs that get the job done in your garden. Offering luscious plants to suit all gardens, soil types, growing conditions, gardening abilities, and pockets, our Annual Plant Sale provides inspiration for the garden, with showy annuals for containers, herbs, edibles, flowering shrubs, trees, unusual vines, and rare and difficult to find plants. What’s available at this year’s Plant Sale? Download an 81-page list of this year’s woody and perennial plants here. Our featured plant collection this year is dogwoods, a diverse family of gorgeous plants that offer bloom from April to July, and so much more. Garden Design Consultations Once again this year, we will have our design consultants available to help you refresh your vision for the garden, with recommendations for plants that work for every spot in your landscape. Half-hour sessions only. Contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-566-9134, ext. 305 to reserve your spot. The Pollinators You Want for Your Garden! Bees, Butterflies, Beetles, Hummingbirds, Flies, Moths, and Sometimes, Ants. Bees and Butterflies – the poster ‘bugs’ for pollination! Across Pennsylvania there are 37 butterfly species and 400 species of bees! Did you know that because bees’ legs are shorter than butterfly legs, a bee’s body gets closer to a flower’s stamen, so it collects and distributes more pollen! Beetles – Among the first insects to visit the flowers of spicebush and magnolias, beetles commonly eat through flowers, inadvertently transferring pollen as they go. Because beetles will often poop in flowers, they’re sometimes known as ‘mess and soil’ pollinators. Hummingbirds – In Pennsylvania, the ruby-throated hummingbird plays an important role in pollinating trees, shrubs and wildflowers, especially those with red, orange, or yellow tubular flowers. Their heads get dusted with pollen, which they carry from flower to flower. Hummingbirds supplement their sugary diet of nectar with small insects. Flies – Many two-winged flies such as syrphid and flower flies are drawn to pale and purple-colored flowers. Other fly species are specifically attracted to the flowers of pawpaws and skunk cabbage, both of which smell of rotten meat. The flowers of both plants produce smells designed to attract flies that in turn, help with pollination. Moths – Moths are commonly attracted to heavily fragrant flowers such as gardenia, tobacco, yucca, and morning glory. Of all the moth pollinators the most unusual is the hummingbird moth, because it looks and flies like a hummingbird. Its long, curved tongue reaches nectar that’s inaccessible to other pollinators. Ants – Ants are great lovers of nectar and will crawl into flowers to drink, but they’re not always the most effective pollinators. In fact, some ant species secrete a natural antibiotic substance which protects them, but kills pollen grains. Oh well – ants are good at many other things. Source: USDA Forest Service.