Plants To Attract Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Birds

2018-06-04T10:32:18+00:00Gardening, Wildlife|
  • petunias are a good pollinator

As concern for our friendly pollinators increases – bees, butterflies, birds – so does the demand for pollinator attracting plants.

So, how do you bring pollinators into your yard? We suggest planting a few of these easy-to-grow plants:


  • Coral Bells
  • Lobelia
  • Columbine
  • Foxglove
  • Penstemon
  • Petunias
  • Salvia
  • Hosta
  • Mandevilla


  • Aster
  • Althea
  • Buddleia
  • Marigolds
  • Zinnias
  • Petunias
  • Monarda
  • Milkweed
  • Black-eyed Susan


  • Milkweed
  • Coneflowers
  • Coreopsis
  • Penstemon
  • Russian Sage
  • Monarda
  • Ninebark
  • Catmint
  • Potentilla

Once you commit to adding a few of these plants into your landscape, these friendly pollinators will become frequent visitors.  Oh, and don’t forget to set out a shallow dish of water, butterflies and birds will thank you!

Check out our Midwest Plant Library for more help and information on picking the perfect pollinator plants for your landscape.


  1. Rachel Cargill May 24, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Butterfly bush, thyme, lavender, rosemary, rose of Sharon, snapdragon, pansies…these are hardy drought tolerant plants, bring in lots of bees, birds, butterflies.

  2. Carlyn Marron June 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Do your plants contain neonicotonide residues? I’ve just been reading that these are in the plant tissues of many commercial plantings and homeowners are accidentally poisoning the bees that visit these flowers. These pesticides take a really long time to break down. I’ve just purchased some flowers and am concerned about this.

    • Earl May June 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you for your comment. We share your concern about what might be causing Honeybee Colony Collapse and DO NOT use Neonics on
      any of the plants and nursery stock we grow here Shenandoah. We’ve also requested that our other plant suppliers not ship us any Neonic treated product as well.

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