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Create a Garden for Pollinators: 4 Regional Plans

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Want to do your part for honeybees, butterflies, and other key pollinators? Plant a bed using one of these four regional garden plans.

4 regional plans together

Experience the best of both worlds: These planting plans bring beauty to your yard — and a plentiful supply of nectar to the pollinators we depend on. Shown at peak in summer, each plan is intended for a sunny, well-drained site.

NORTHWEST

The butterfly shape of this bed leaves no doubt about the intended benefactor. And the best thing about northwest summers is that they’re cool enough to keep annuals looking fresh for months. Even traditional shade plants such as impatiens and coralbells will do fine in full sun — as long as you don’t put them near a south- or west-facing wall that holds heat.

northwest garden plan

Plant list:

  1. Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), annual
  2. Pink impatiens (Impatiens walleriana), annual
  3. Sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’), Zones 3–9
  4. Yellow daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’), Zones 3–10
  5. Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens), annual
  6. Coralbells (Heuchera micrantha ‘Chocolate Ruffles’), Zones 3–8
  7. Orange zinnias (Zinnia haageana), annual

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NORTH/CENTRAL

Grasses and shrubs provide a chocolate-color backdrop in this pollinator garden for northeast and midwest regions. It features tough, long-blooming perennials that are butterfly favorites: black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, and Shasta daisy. Anise hyssop is a hit with honeybees and bumblebees. And zinnias are never far from a pollinator’s preferred menu.

north-central garden plan

Plant list:

  1. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans Thumbelina), annual
  2. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), Zones 4–11
  3. Helenium (Helenium autumnale), Zones 3–8
  4. Spider flower (Cleome hassleriana), annual
  5. White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’), Zones 3–9
  6. Red shrub rose (Rosa Knock Out), Zones 4–9
  7. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Zones 4–9
  8. Purpleleaf sand cherry (Prunus x cistena), Zones 3–8
  9. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Zones 3–9
  10. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum), annual
  11. Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum), Zones 5–8
  12. Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’), Zones 4–9

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SOUTHEAST

A blue-flowered chaste tree is the focal point in this southeastern pollinator garden. It contrasts attractively with golden yellow sunflowers and the pink flower heads of ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum (which later turn rust). Butterfly bush, Flower Carpet rose, and lantana add lasting color. Meanwhile, the variegated foliage of ‘Kaleidoscope’ abelia impresses — with or without white summer flowers.

southeast garden plan

Plant list:

  1. Parsley (Petroselinum spp.), annual
  2. Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), Zones 6–9
  3. Sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’), Zones 3–9
  4. Lantana (Lantana camara), Zones 9–15 or annual
  5. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), annual
  6. Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’), Zones 6–9
  7. Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), Zones 6–9
  8. Pink rose (Rosa Flower Carpet), Zones 5–9

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SOUTHWEST

Designed for a small front yard, this desert southwest plan features heat-loving plants that will bloom in summer and attract native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The color palette is mostly hot colors — reds and oranges — with silver artichoke agave and green deer grass for variety. A focal point desert willow also attracts pollinators when in bloom.

southwest garden plan

Plant list:

  1. Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora), Zones 6–11
  2. Deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), Zones 6–11
  3. Tecoma ‘Sparky’ (Tecoma x ‘Sparky’), Zones 8–11
  4. Coral fountain (Russelia equisetiformis), Zones 8–11
  5. Artichoke agave (Agave parryi var. truncata), Zones 7–11
  6. Dallas Red lantana (Lantana x ‘Dallas Red’), Zones 7–11
  7. Parry penstemon (Penstemon parryi), Zones 8–11
  8. Slipper plant (Pedilanthus macrocarpus), Zones 10–11

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