Planting for Pollinators

Attracting Birds, Bees & Butterflies is Easy

Not only are birds, bees, & butterflies fun to watch, they also help sustain our ecosystem! With a decrease in population of many native bird & pollinator species, there’s never been a better time to help provide them with essential habitat requirements.

Planting Tips

Plant flowers for pollinators to collect pollen and drink nectar, and fruit and seed-bearing plants for birds to feed on. Mass plantings of flowers are more effective for attracting pollinators rather than solitary plantings. Choose plants with various blooming/fruiting times to provide wildlife with year-round food. Create a border on the edge of your yard using various trees and shrubs that meet the needs of native songbirds throughout the year. Adding a few evergreens such as spruce, holly or juniper into this border will help the birds keep cover during winter months.

Fruit & Seed-Bearing Plants For Songbirds

Apple & Crabapple
Black-eyed Susan
Blueberry
Chokeberry
Coneflower
Dogwood
Eastern Red Cedar
Grapes
Holly, Winterberry
Mulberry
Northern Bayberry
Oak Tree
Pampas Grass
Raspberry
Serviceberry
Spruce
Sumac
Sunflower
Viburnum
Virginia Creeper

Nectar & Pollen Plants For Bees

Basswood/Linden
Bee Balm
Blanket Flower)
Blue Mist Shrub
Borage
Butterfly Bush Catmint
Coneflower
Cosmo
Fruit Trees
Goldenrod
Grape Hyacinth
Hyacinth
Hyssop
Lantana
Lavender
Milkweed
Ornamental Onion
Pineapple Sage
Redbud Russian Sage
Sedum
Verbena
Zinnia

Nectar-Producing Plants For Butterflies

Aster
Beebalm
Black Eyed Susan
Blanketflower
Blue-Mist Shrub
Butterfly Bush
Cardnial Flower
Coneflower
Daisy, Shasta
Daylily
False Indigo
Goldenrod
Heliotrope
Hyssop
Lantana
Lavender
Magnolia
Milkweed
Onion, Ornamental
Pentas
Petunia
Phlox
Russian Sage
St. John’s Wort
Verbena
Zinnia

Nectar Producing-Plants For Hummingbirds

Beardtongue
Beebalm
Bleeding Heart
Buckeye, Bottlebrush
Butterfly Bush
Milk Weed
Cardinal Flower
Catmint
Columbine)
Crocosmia
Foxglove
Fuchsia
Hibiscus
Honeysuckle Vine
Hyssop
Lantana
Larkspur
Lupine
Red Hot Poker
Sage, Perennial
Snapdragon
Spider Plant
Trumpet Vine
Weigela

Additional Tips

Provide water for bathing & drinking at all times of the year. Birdbaths and ornamental ponds are a great source for this. To provide water for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, place pebbles or small rocks for landing in a shallow dish of water, preventing them from drowning.

Provide shelter such as bushy plants, nesting boxes or even a brush pile. Ornamental grasses provide cover for wildlife during the winter months. Wait to cut back your grasses until early spring. Eliminate the use of harsh chemical applications on plants. The effects can be harmful and even fatal to wildlife.