Episode 3219

Volunteer Gardener

May 16, 2024

Season 32 | Episode 19

Are you wanting to plant for pollinators? Rita Venable tours a home garden that will educate and inspire you to achieve that goal. We stroll the long border bed filled with plants selected for their appeal to pollinators, and for each plant's toughness to perform well with little maintenance. Then, April Moore takes us on a tour of her garden during the heat of summer to admire the amazing blooms.

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Planting for Pollinators on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Planting for Pollinators

What a treat to visit the home garden of a horticulture power couple! Rita Venable is amazed by all the great plants that support pollinators in a very long border bed. Also on the property is a utility right-of-way that they are transitioning into a beneficial plant palette. In the 4 years of garden transitions,, the goal is to continue to shovel out plants of an invasive growth habit, and replace with environmentally beneficial trees, shrubs and perennials. Plus, we'll be introduced to a new and unique spot in the garden they call the 'loggery'.

Mid-summer blooming perennials on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Mid-summer blooming perennials

The mercury climbs in mid-summer, but so can the beauty in your garden. April Moore profiles some of her favorite perennials that have colorful blooms to admire, and attract hummingbirds and pollinators. Among these great plants are salvias, lobelias, rudbeckia and phlox.