Plant selection is both art and science as so many factors must be considered. Our plant selection criteria for the Pollinator Garden at the Memorial Centre included:

  • Attractive to pollinators such as birds, bees, and butterflies
  • Suitability for the site (sunny and dry) 
  • Low maintenance; drought tolerant; hardy in our climate zone (5b)
  • Primarily, though not exclusively native plants
  • Availability – we were fortunate to get many of our plants from the Native Plant Nursery at Lemoine Point and divisions from members gardens
  • Diversity in colour, height, and  bloom time – aiming for continuous bloom
  • Attractive to humans – to inspire gardeners to add pollinator-friendly plants to their own gardens