Pollinator Garden

Who are the pollinators?

Bees and butterflies may be the most well-known pollinators, but don’t forget about moths, flies, beetles, bats, and birds too. Sadly, many of these pollinator species are threatened by habitat loss a and excessive pesticide use, leading to a decline in pollinator populations. But by increasing the number of nectar and pollen sources available, we can help improve their health and numbers. We rely on many of these pollinators for the food we eat! So what can we do to help?

Plant Your Own Pollinator Garden

The most successful Pollinator Gardens are those that contain both food sources for immature pollinators (i.e. Monarch caterpillars) and nectar sources for adult pollinators (i.e. Monarch butterflies). This way your garden can support the full life cycle! Most gardens should be planted in full sun–not only because pollinator plants require full sun, but because insects rely on the heat of the sun to become active.

Pollinator Gardens Should:

• Use plants that provide food, nectar and pollen sources
• Create large masses of native or non-invasive plants
• Establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season
• Provide a water source
• Be situated in sunny areas with wind breaks
• Eliminate or minimize the impact of pesticides

Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge!

Once you plant your Pollinator Garden join the challenge by adding your garden to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) map! For more information on pollinators, the Challenge itself, and registering your garden, visit the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge website. And Bee sure to visit the Pollinator Garden at the Garden this summer, located in the Herb Garden.

Common Name Latin Name Herb Garden Location Food Source or Nectar Source Pollinators Attracted
anise hyssop Agastache
foeniculum
Culinary Herbs,
Drinkable Herbs
Nectar Source Bees, butterflies
bee balm Mondarda didyma Drinkable Herbs Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
borage Borago officinalis Culinary Herbs,
Drinkable Herbs
Food Source;
Nectar Source
Butterfly larvae; bees
butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa Medicinal Herbs,
Pollinator Garden
Food Source;
Nectar Source
Butterfly larvae; bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds
button gay feather Liatris pycnostachya Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Butterflies
catmint Nepeta × faassenli Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees
chives Allium
schoenoprasum
Culinary Herbs Nectar Source Bees
common milkweed Asclepias syriaca Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Butterfly larvae; bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds
dill Anethum graveolens Culinary Herbs Food Source;
Nectar Source
Butterfly larvae; butterflies
fennel Foeniculum vulgare Culinary Herbs,
Drinkable Herbs, Pollinator Garden
Food Source;
Nectar Source
Butterfly larvae; butterflies
flowering tobacco Nicotiana sylvestris Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Hummingbirds
French marigold Tagetes patula Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Butterflies
lantana Lantana camara Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Butterflies, hummingbirds
mountain mint Pycanthemum
pilosum
Drinkable Herbs Nectar Source Bees, butterflies
New England aster Symphyotrichum
novae-angliae
Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies
New Jersey tea Ceanothus
americanus
Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, wasps
ornamental onion Allium Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees
pale purple coneflower Echinacea pallida Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
moths, wasps
parsley Petroselinum crispum Culinary Herbs, Pollinator Garden Food Source Butterfly larvae
prairie
coneflower
Echinacea purpurea Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
moths, wasps
swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata Pollinator Garden Food Source:
Nectar Source
Butterfly larvae, bees, butterflies,
hummingbirds
tall verbena Verbena bonariensis Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
moths
wild bergamot Monarda fistulosa Pollinator Garden Nectar Source Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,
wasps
wild lupine Lupinus perennis Pollinator Garden Food Source:
Nectar Source
Butterfly larvae; butterflies, hummingbirds