Many plants provide food and/or habitat to a wide variety of wildlife and beneficial insects. Whether pollinators, beneficial insects that control pests or simply delightful creatures we share the earth with, by growing plants that attract them to our garden and avoiding the chemicals that cause them harm, we can help to ensure balance and harmony within the environment.
Examples of beneficial plants:
Achillea millefolium (Common Yarrow)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
Mullein (Verbascum olympicum)
To attract beneficial insects:
Plant a wide variety of plants that flower at different times of the year to provide beneficial insects with the nectar and pollen when they need it.
Provide a source of water: a bird bath, small pond or other water feature.
Avoid pesticides, especially broad spectrum insecticides (in particular those that contain ingredients derived from pyrethroids and organophosphates). Safer alternatives include insecticidal soaps.