Beautiful Plants That Attract Pollinators

Plants that attract pollinators!

What plants attract pollinators? Whether you are growing on a balcony or several acres, these plants will attract pollinators to your garden!

Plants that attract pollinators!

Plants play an essential role in sustaining life on our planet, providing food, oxygen, and habitat for countless species. Among these, pollinators are some of the most important.

Without them, many of our favorite fruits, vegetables, and flowers would not exist.

Unfortunately, many pollinator populations are declining due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. As gardeners and plant enthusiasts, we can help by choosing plants that attract and support these crucial creatures.

Plants that attract pollinators

So, what makes a plant attractive to pollinators? It’s all about the flowers. Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds are drawn to flowers that are rich in nectar and pollen.

These sweet treats provide them with the energy they need to fly, reproduce, and continue their vital role in the ecosystem.

Here are some of the best plants to consider if you want to attract pollinators to your garden:

Bee Balm

Bee Balm: This perennial plant produces showy, aromatic flowers that are irresistible to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It’s also easy to grow and can be used as a herbal tea or seasoning in food (use it like oregano!).

Bee Balm growing in metal raised beds from my 2022 Garden! You can see the lambs ear in front of the bee balm on the left too.

I love that it is a perennial and just returns every year without any work from me! This is also a plant I am growing for it’s herbal and medicinal properties!


Milkweed: As the only host plant for monarch butterflies, milkweed is a must-have for any pollinator garden. Its fragrant pink, orange, or white flowers are also attractive to bees and other butterflies.

A Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed, I took this pic in a community garden I led a few years ago!


Lavender: This fragrant herb is a favorite of bees and butterflies, and its long blooming season means it provides a continuous source of nectar throughout the summer.

Baby Lavender Plants I’m growing right now in 2023! Check out my post about starting seeds in soil blocks to start your own!


Sunflowers: Not only are sunflowers a cheerful addition to any garden, but their large, pollen-rich blooms attract a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and birds.

Here are three different types of sunflowers I have grown in my garden. You can grow smaller varieties meant for container gardens that only get about 2ft tall and will grow multiple flower heads on one stalk if you garden in a small space like me! The picture on the right is one plant with 4+ blooms!


Salvia: With their vibrant blue or purple flowers, salvias are a standout in any garden. They’re also a favorite of hummingbirds and bees, who can’t resist their sweet nectar.

I haven’t grown Salvia myself yet, but plan to grow some from seed this year!


Echinacea: Also known as coneflowers, echinacea is a hardy perennial that produces daisy-like flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love their nectar-rich blooms.

A patch of purple coneflowers, from Connie’s yard! She is switching to pollinator friendly lawn care, eliminating pesticides and going organic!

I just started my first patch of echinacea last fall from seed, I’ll share some updates as soon as my patch begins to grow this spring! This is also a plant I am growing for it’s medicinal and herbal uses!


Zinnias: These cheerful annuals come in a rainbow of colors and are a favorite of bees and butterflies. Plus, their long blooming season means they provide a steady source of nectar throughout the summer.

The Zinnia seeds I’ll be adding to my 2023 Garden! From Nature and Nurture Seeds!


By planting these and other pollinator-friendly plants, you can create a beautiful and thriving ecosystem in your own backyard or balcony.

Not only will you be doing your part to support these essential creatures, but you’ll also enjoy the beauty and benefits of a vibrant, healthy garden.

So go ahead, plant for the pollinators and watch your garden come to life!

Thank you so much for reading! Please let me know any questions or ideas you have in the comments below or via the contact page! Happy Planting! <3 Jess

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  1. I love the variety of topics you address in your blog and how you boil things down to the essentials that we need to know. I’ve been growing flowers and a couple vegetables for decades, but never put the attention to attracting pollinators, for example. When I was younger I don’t recall ever hearing about pollinators, but a couple of years ago I tried to grow cucumbers and the blossoms were not getting pollinated. This blog gives me a whole new way to look at gardening. This spring I already planted some cigar plants to attract hummingbirds and several other plants that I have picked out to grow from seeds– specifically to create a pollinator haven–
    while at the same time having beautiful flowers to enjoy all summer!

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