Boulevard Pollinator Gardens

The City of Mississauga is now waiving all permit fees  associated with residents who want to plant pollinator flowers and plants on their boulevards. The City aims to support residents who want to plant pollinator flowers and plants to help support the bee and pollinator insect population.
Mississauga has many pollinator projects that support pollinator habitats, including the  One Million Trees  program, 13 pollinator and community gardens, building and installing bee hotels/houses as well as a honeybee hive on the roof of City Hall and the Streetsville pollinator garden, to name a few.In addition, the City is expanding planting pollinator-friendly plants in pollinator gardens and existing flower beds, planting native trees and shrubs through the One Million Trees program and will work with residents to install solitary bee houses to support native pollinators. By planting pollinator friendly plants in your garden, you can help enhance habitat for insects that pollinate wildflowers and crops that we eat. Some pollinator friendly plants that you could plant, including the following: Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

  • Bright yellow flowers with a brown or black cone in the center will bloom from June to September.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 1-3 feet tall and can grow between 12 and 18 inches across.
  • Beneficial for: butterflies, bees, beetles, wasps, and flies
  • Flower petals darken towards the centre of the plant, which is caused by an ultraviolet pigment that attracts pollinators!

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

  • Flowers with numerous rays, dark purple to pink in colour from August to October.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 1-6 feet tall and can grow between 2-4 feet across.
  • Beneficial for: moths, butterflies (including Monarchs), bees and flies.
  • Blooms later in the season which provides a critical fall nectar source for many pollinators.

Sweet Ox-Eye/False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)

  • Flowers with 8-20 yellow rays, brown center florets from July to October.
  • Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 2-6 feet tall and can grow up to 2 feet across.
  • Beneficial for: bees, beetles and butterflies (in particular the Painted Lady and Skipper).
  • Species name “Heliopsis” is derived from the Greek word Helios, which means Sun.

Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

  • Tiny white flowers with purple spots arranged in clusters will bloom from July to September.
  • Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows up to 3 feet tall but sometimes larger.
  • Beneficial for: butterflies, bees and moths.
  • A member of the mint family, this plant has a square stem with flat edges.

Grey Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

  • Yellow flowers with 5-10 rays that droop downward and cone-shaped centres that start out ashy grey but will turn brown as flowers open.
  • Flowers will bloom from May to October.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in dry to moist soil.
  • Grows 3-5 feet tall.
  • Beneficial for bees and butterflies as well as a great food source for livestock and wildlife.

You can plant these seeds in spring or fall. Loosen soil first and then scatter seeds on top. Keep soil moist after planting. For more resources on pollinator friendly gardens, please visit www.mississauga.ca/pollinators .

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