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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 18 the green scene ally produce a mass of enticing flowers while perennials are more effec- tive if massed in a minimum three-foot by three-foot space rather than individual plants scattered around. Your beds and borders can be "flowering diners" for pollinators, and there are countless choices from A to Z, Allium to Zinnia. Don't, how- ever, overlook herbs and vegetables, which pollinators also find enticing. Remember vegetables also rely on pollinators to produce their fruits. Think of your vegetable patch staples like tomatoes, melons, squash, and beans. While you might be frustrated when greens or herbs bolt (have rapid, runaway growth), leave a few flowering and you will be amazed at what comes buzzing around. Dill and fennel flowers provide an airy look, and pollinators find them tantalizing along with ground hugging thymes. And as for lavenders, pollinators just can't get enough. Don't plan on just summer bloomers either; make sure there is something blooming in your garden for at least three seasons. Your local garden center staff can advise you on what's in stock that is pollinator attracting. The nearby New England Wildflower Society is an excellent resource. Our gardens can fulfill our desires and designs while simultane- ously providing a habitat that benefits local wildlife. Plants and polli- nators go together like hands and gloves, so grab your gloves, let flower power rule, and get planting for your native pollinators. A diversity of flower shapes, colors, sizes, and scents will attract a wider range of pollinators. Hummingbirds, for example, prefer tubular-shaped flowers such as Lobelia, commonly called cardinal flower. Butterflies and bees swarm to the flat-topped flower clusters of Joe-Pye weed, Eutrochium, or to the bright yellow, daisy-like heads of Coreopsis. Do note that many of the hybrid double flowering plant varieties are sterile and do not produce pollen or nectar. Don't just depend on perennials but include trees and shrubs that also provide shelter. Good native choices for trees and shrubs are oaks, Quercus, maples (Acer rubrum in particular), willows, Salix cherry, Prunus, blue- berry, Vaccinium, and Serviceberry, Amelanchier Trees and shrubs usu- RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. "a habitat that benefits local wildlife" M E D I A B A K E R Y

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