How Do I Attract Pollinators To My Garden?

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Attracting Pollinators

attract-pollinators-to-my-garden-butterfly-pollinatorPollinators are needed for so many things! Without them our food, our beautiful landscapes,and our gardens would be gone!  Contribute to their existence with a beautiful pollinator-friendly garden.  You might’ve asked yourself the question: How do I attract pollinators to my garden?

Pollinators need food!

It’s important to have a variety of plants, colors, and bloom times so that there is nectar and pollen at all times of the year for all of the different kinds of pollinators.  Be sure to include herbs, milkweed and grasses so the early stage pollinators can feed and grow!  Native plants provide the greatest appeal and benefit to our insect and bird pollinators, so plant California natives!  Planting large amount of blooming plants in a large mass reduces the distances that the pollinators must travel to gather their food!

Consider these plants


  • Alyssum
  • Ageratum
  • Angelonia
  • Begonia
  • Cuphea
  • Fuchsias
  • Impatiens
  • Lantana
  • Sunflowers
  • Verbena
  • Licorice Vine
  • Sweet Potato Vine
  • Cardinal Vine
  • Morning Glory


  • Marsh Marigold
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Brunnera
  • Iris
  • Geranium
  • Bellflowers
  • Astilbe
  • Catmint
  • Veronica
  • Daylily
  • Salvia
  • Coreopsis
  • Delphinium
  • Russian Sage
  • Actaea
  • Coneflowers
  • Mum
  • Aster
  • Goldenrod
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Toad Lily
  • Native Grasses


  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris
  • Allium
  • Lily

Next time you ask yourself “how do I attract pollinators to my garden”, follow these quick steps to start planning your very own pollinator garden.  Stay tuned for other blog entries regarding the importance of having readily available water for our pollinators, some shelter, an eco-friendly and pesticide-free environment, and more plants that attract pollinators!

Written by the Green Thumb Nursery Garden Experts.  Green Thumb Nurseries are Southern California family-owned garden centers that have been serving the LA, OC and SD counties for more than 70 years.  Stop by one of our locations and see why our customers consider our staff and plant selection their favorite in the industry.  You’ll be able to find hundreds of plant options for your pollinator garden at one of our Green Thumb Nursery locations, we hope to see you soon!