Plants That Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

Plants that attract pollinators to your garden

Attract Pollinators to Your Garden for Improved Harvests!

Plants that attract pollinators to your garden are a great addition to your yard or homestead. Many plants will not produce a harvest without pollination. Hummingbirds and insects visit flowers looking for nectar and pollen to consume. In the process, they pollinate countless crops. A flower ovary must receive pollen to fertilize the ovum or seed. Without pollination, we wouldn’t harvest nearly as much food from our gardens.

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Bee pollinating cherry blossom...plants that attract pollinators
Bee pollinating cherry blossoms

It is very important to provide a safe place for pollinators to find nectar and pollen. There are many ways that we can encourage pollinators to visit our homestead, and maybe take up residence!

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bee visiting a dandelion
Don’t spray the dandelions in your yard. They provide a valuable source of nectar early in the season for bees!

How To Attract Pollinators to Your Garden and Homestead

Here are some of the things you can do to give a save haven and food source to pollinators:

  • Let some weeds grow – Allow dandelions, clover, and other nectar-producing plants to grow in your lawn.
  • No pesticides – Don’t attract pollinators to your yard only to kill them with toxic chemicals. Systemic insecticides contaminate the nectar and pollen and kill the insects that consume it.
  • Be a little messy – Leave flower stalks, leaves, and other ‘debris’ until spring for beneficial insects to overwinter.
  • Give them water – Keep a shallow pan of water or a mud puddle near your garden for the pollinators to drink.
  • Put up a hummingbird feeder and make your own sugar water for them.
  • Create a mason bee and butterfly house.
  • Plant nectar-producing plants and native plants in a bed near your garden.
Berry Combo Pack
Some moths are pollinators too!

Plants that Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

Choose old fashioned and native varieties of flowers and plants. The new hybrids are often bred for larger, showier blooms at the expense of nectar and pollen production. Here are some of the plants that attract pollinators to your garden:

  • Aster
  • Azalea
  • Beebalm
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Blazing Star Liatris
  • Blue Columbine
  • Butterfly bush
  • Butterfly weed
  • Cardinal flower
  • Clarkia
  • Cleome
  • Common Chokecherry
  • Coralbells
  • Crocus
  • Elderberry
  • Gaillardia
  • Golden Currant
  • Goldenrod
  • Honeysuckle
  • Joe-pye Weed
  • Lantana
  • Lavender
  • Lupine
  • Milkweed
  • Penstemon
  • Petunia
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Rabbit bush
  • Red-osier Dogwood
  • Rhododendron
  • Sage
  • Salvia
  • Scarlet Globemallow
  • Scarlet Trumpet vine
  • Sedum
  • Serviceberry tree
  • Showy Fleabane
  • Sunflower
  • Yarrow
  • Yellow Evening Primrose
  • Zinnia
plants that attract pollinators include lavender, as evidenced by this hummingbird
Plant flowers for the hummingbirds!

The Benefits of Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Grow plants that attract pollinators and your garden will be more productive. You’ll also be healthier when you don’t use pesticides in your yard or on your food. The beds of flowers and native plants are very attractive and it is enjoyable to watch butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators as they visit. You might even see a hummingbird family raise their young!

Learning to enjoy the beauty of nature is a wonderful side-benefit and you are sure to love these plants that attract pollinators to your garden!

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants

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16 comments on “Plants That Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

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  2. Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    I would love to see a hummingbird in the wild but we do not have them in France – but we do have hummingbird moths and they love the many pollen filled plants we grow. A great list although some names are unfamiliar to me – possibly they are just US species or more likely we have another common name for the plant on this side of the Atlantic! Thank you for linking up such an informative post to #GoingGreen

    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Rosie,
      Yes, I’m sure that we have many different plants here in the US…and different common names.

      Hummingbirds are such fun little visitors, I’m sorry that you don’t have any there. I’m guessing you have plenty of birds that we don’t have!

      Thank you for sharing the Going Green Hop each month!

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  4. Isabel

    Oh I would love to have hummingbirds but unfortunately we don’t have them here. Nevertheless there are so many other pollinators that really need a helping hand – great idea! #goinggreen

    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Isabel,
      I think we take them for granted here…it is good to be reminded that they are a rare and precious creature! Thanks for stopping by…enjoy your pollinators!

  5. Dianne

    My yard is a certified pollinator haven with the National Wildlife Federation and I love it! Anytime I can read more about pollinators I’m on it. Great info and a great read too.

    Thank for caring about the pollinators!

    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      That’s awesome, Dianne! I’m so glad that you are doing this! I haven’t looked into the program very deeply, but maybe I should. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Tamara Reid

    I planted seed for a bunch of great pollinators this winter using the winter sowing seed starting method. When growing a lot of our food on our homestead and everywhere, it is so important to feed the pollinators so that they can help feed us! Thanks for sharing this information so more folks can help save them.

    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Tamara,
      Your winter sowing instructions are pretty awesome! I hope you get lots of pollinators this year. 🙂 I’m happy to share this info…thanks for stopping by~

  7. AnnMarie

    What a great post with great suggestions! I love attracting pollinators to my yard and gardens here on my homestead. I especially love the bees because they are so beneficial for our planet! Thanks for sharing this information so more people can start introducing more pollinators to their gardens!

  8. Jennifer Cook

    We try to add more pollinator plants each year. We love seeing the birds and bees in the garden. Thank you for reminding folks to add a bit of pollinator plants to their gardens.

    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Thank you, Jennifer! I’m always happy to see the pollinators in my garden and it is good for people to think about! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. candy

    We put a whole field into a pollinator program and so did our neighbors. We have pheasant and quail coming back not to mention the bees and butterflies. So many great reasons to plant.


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