Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week.
Pollinator Gardens—A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape
As seen in ArkansasLiving by George Weigel
Gary's View: Over the past year there has been a lot of information on the harm certain insecticides, like neonicotinoids, are doing to the bee population. However, just attacking the insecticide issue is only half of the solution. Pollinators are also suffering from a loss of their food source. In a recent article in Arkansas Living by George Weigel, Pollinator Gardens – A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape, he states clearly the importance of pollinators, “Their pollination efforts also are behind one of every three bites of food a typical American eats, accounting for some $15 billion a year in U.S. crop services, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”
Greenhouse Grower recently highlighted 45 perennials that attract bees in 45 Pollinator friendly perennials to attract bees by Janeen Wright. Janeen states; “Public interest in plants for pollinators is driving up demand for them. Whether you’re a greenhouse grower-retailer or a wholesale operation, perennials that attract bees, butterflies, and other important pollinators are a good bet for increasing plant sales.”
A recent newcomer you need to look at is Salvia Bodacious Rhythm and Blues from Plant Haven. Bodacious Rhythm and Blues is set for full introduction for 2018 but adequate inventory of cuttings are available for trials in 2017. Cuttings are being produced by InnovaPlant.
That's a sample of what we found newsworthy and interesting. We'd love to hear about what caught your eye too.