Comments (81)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mmschade

I always have a large variety of annual and perennial flowers in my yard every year so I see what attracts them most. The white alyssum always has a lot of tiny pollinators hovering around it and it smells wonderful. The larger bees love the Monarda and Walkers Low Catmint most. The catmint also attracts hummingbird moths which are fun to watch.

1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Paula Barber

Here in Texas we have some wonderful native plants that attract pollinators. One of my favorites is kidneywood. While not a flashy shrub, it attracts a huge variety of pollinators. Three years after I planted one at our family farm, I saw more tha 10 species of pollinators having a feast on the tree’s tiny blossoms. It’s quite drought tolerant once established. Rue is also a favorite of pollinators. Grey/green foliage is a nice contrast in the garden, and the small yellow flowers bloom all year for me. Wonderful scented leaves as well!

2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Erica McA
Great article! I appreciate the advice about planting in blocks of color. I’m a big fan of permaculture incorporating wildflowers and Cottage garden plants with lots of color. I just bought all my seeds for spring and I plan to dig out 2 of our big flower beds with the kids and turn them into pollinator gardens. This info will definitely help me decide how to plant/sow.
1 Like    

Related Stories

Shop Houzz This Month’s Bestselling Outdoor Lounge Products
By Houzz
Design a stylish outdoor living space with pieces from this assortment of favorites
See Products
Gardening 101 6 Steps to Creating Your Butterfly Garden
Encourage these fanciful winged beauties to visit your garden while helping restore their fragmented habitat
Full Story
Flowers and Plants Garden-Friendly Native Alternatives to Overplanted Exotics
There are lots of gorgeous, wildlife-friendly native plants ready to make an appearance in your garden
Full Story
Beneficial Insects 12 Entertaining ‘Bee-haviors’ of Native Bees
The parade of pollinator antics is another reason to create a garden that nurtures native bees
Full Story
Shop Houzz June’s Bestselling Oversized Rugs
By Houzz
These popular styles will make a big impression in your design
See Products
Area Rugs Up to 75% Off Oversized Area Rugs
By Houzz
Bring comfort and expansive style to your bigger spaces
See Products
Most Popular What Monarch Butterflies Taught Me About Garden Design
Thinking like a butterfly leads to fresh perspectives in the garden and in life
Full Story
Gardening 101 How to Find the Right Native Plants for Your Yard
Find plant maps, sale sites and guides that make going native in the garden easier than ever
Full Story
Most Popular 15 Native Flowers That Feed Native Bees
These perennials offer superfood to hundreds of bees and are gorgeous in their own right
Full Story
Most Popular 8 Native Shrubs for Year-Round Bird Feeding
It’s not just about berries. These plants provide insects for birds and seasonal interest for gardeners
Full Story