Creating Pollinator-Friendly Gardens

Looking to attract more bees, butterflies, and birds to your yard? Here are a few tips for creating a pollinator-positive space:

  • Keep in mind that you don’t want to limit the pollinator-attracting blooms to just the height of summer – think about spring through late fall.
  • Make sure to include lots of native varieties. Often times ‘new and improved’ varieties are bred for certain attributes like colour, height, and form, and tend to be sterile.
  • Amp up the biodiversity in your yard – bees especially like a wide range of plants to gather nectar and pollen from.
  • Think about their shelter as well – some bees nest in rotted logs or in the ground, so if you have an area you can allow to get a bit wild, let it go!
  • Consider purchasing a bee house, or click here to learn how to build you own!
  • Think about adding white clover to your lawn – it’s tough, easy-growing, and wonderful for bees. We carry it in bulk at Southview, and we consistently hear only positive things about it as a grass substitute.
  • Provide water sources as well. Birdbaths are great for birds, but consider adding shallow plates of water around for bees to drink from. Add a few rocks on the plate as a landing pad.
  • Encourage other people in your neighbourhood to add vistas of pollinator-attracting plants!


Pollinator-Attracting Perennials

  • Milkweed (Asclepsis)
  • Echinacea
  • Geranium
  • Sedum
  • Bee balm (Monarda)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
  • Hollyhock (Alcea)
  • Allium
  • Russian Sage (Perovskia)
  • Obedient Plant (Physostegia)
  • Perennial Sage (Salvia)
  • Aster
  • Coreopsis
  • Delphinium
  • Hosta
  • Phlox
  • Crocus
  • Herbs like thyme, oregano, mint and lavender
  • Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Foxglove
  • Liatris
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Lupine
  • Joe Pye Weed

Shrubs & Trees

  • Lilac
  • Hydrangea
  • Blueberry
  • Chokeberry
  • Serviceberry
  • Maple
  • Linden
  • Nannyberry
  • Dogwood
  • Honeysuckle
  • Spirea
  • Weigela
  • Elderberry
  • Fruit trees and shrubs


  • Aster
  • Cosmos
  • Verbena
  • Marigold
  • Alyssum
  • Nasturtium
  • Sunflower
  • Clover

Come by the greenhouse and ask us about adding more pollinator-attracting plants to your garden!

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