10 Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens

In urban areas where natural habitat is limited, pollinator-friendly gardens serve as an effective way to provide shelter, food, and water for vital species such as birds, butterflies, and bees.

  • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is a great companion plant for many other species, and attracts several species of butterflies and other pollinator insects.
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rubeckia hirta) grows well with Coneflower species. Flowers attract insect pollinators, and in fall provide seeds for migratory birds.
  • Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) excellent source of early summer food for birds. Edible flowers grow on the large shrub that also provides cover for birds.
  • Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) is a large shrub with striking red berries that provides foods for migratory birds through fall into winter. Also attracts songbirds!
  • Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) beautiful early flowering tree grows well under or near taller species like Oaks. Fall berries are food source for migratory birds.
  • Bayberry (Myrica pennsylvanica) known as the scent for holiday candles, Bayberry provides protection for nesting birds and food for migratory birds.
  • Shadbush (Amelanchier arborea) also known as Serviceberry or Juneberry, spring flowers attract insects providing excellent food for birds.
  • Viburnums with eight varieties to choose from, these provide spring flowers, fall color and berries and nesting cover for wildlife.
  • Milkweeds ( Asclepias) flower through the summer and are the host plant for Monarch caterpillars! Also attracts other species of butterflies. Easy to grow and does well in dry, sandy soil.
  • Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) with its striking red blooms, this is the perfect plant for a pollinator garden.
(Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan’s, and Coneflowers add a splash of color to this pollinator-friendly patio in Hartford County.

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