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Reimagine Your Landscape: Pollinators

Plant For Pollinators

Pollinators play an essential role in our ecosystem and in
the habitat of your garden. Insects or animals that transfer pollen from one part of the flower to another, or from flowers on one plant to flowers on another plant, makes the rank of Pollinator.

Bees and butterflies are probably the most
popular pollinators—but others include hummingbirds, bats, and small
mammals, along with insects like beetles, and ants.
So, what can you do to draw pollinators to your garden?
Plant for pollinators. Here are some tips and a few of our favorites:
  • When planning your garden, plant for successive blooming so that there is a constant supply of flowering plants from spring through fall.
  • By far, native plants are the best source of food for pollinators.
  • Old-fashioned varieties of flowers are known to have more fragrance and nectar/pollen to attract and feed pollinators.
  • Talk with our garden gurus for additional suggestions that will work in your garden.
Wild Lilac Ray Hartman
CA Wild Lilac ‘Ray Hartman’
  • Evergreen shrub or small tree with a dense, upright habit
  • Use as a small tree, screen, or hedge
  • Large, rounded, dark green leaves and fragrant, medium blue, 3"-5” flower spikes late winter to early spring
  • Full sun
  • 12’-20’ tall x 10’-20’ wide
  • Water-wise | Deer resistant | Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • California Wild Lilacs are a large group of native shrubs that are an excellent source of pollen for early spring bees
California Poppy
California Poppy
  • Perennial grown as an annual with mounding growth habit
  • Will naturalize on sunny hillsides and in country gardens
  • California native has bright yellow to deep orange blooms on blue-green foliage
  • Full sun
  • 1 1/2’ tall x 1’ wide
  • Water-wise | Deer resistant | Attracts butterflies
  • Look for sweat bees scrambling around the bottom of the flower and covering themselves with pollen
Western Redbud
Western Redbud
  • Deciduous small tree or shrub with a narrow habit
  • Native to the foothills of California
  • Use as mass planting or specimen
  • Heart-shaped leaves emerges bright green, age to blue-green and turn yellow or red in fall.
  • Full sun
  • 10’-18’ tall x 10’-18’ wide
  • Water-wise | Deer resistant | Attracts birds
  • Magenta pea-shaped flowers in spring are popular with a variety of bees
Blanket Flower
Blanket Flower
  • Herbaceous perennial with a compact, dense habit
  • Use in containers, borders, or as cut flowers
  • Vibrant yellow, orange, or red-burgundy flowers held just above rough green foliage summer through fall
  • Full sun
  • 1’-2’ tall x 1’-2’ wide
  • Deer resistant | Attracts butterflies and birds
  • Attracts a number of native bees
Lavender Goodwin Creek
Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek’
  • Evergreen shrub with a broad, mounding habit
  • Use for plant borders, low hedges, and rock gardens
  • Deep violet blue flowers bloom from spring to late summer
  • Full sun
  • 2’-3’ tall x 3’-4’ wide
  • Water-wise | Deer resistant | Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Popular with carpenter bees for its nectar
  • Perennial with a mounding, spreading habit
  • Use in mixed borders or containers
  • Aromatic, gray-green foliage, with tall spikes bearing small blue flowers bloom summer through fall
  • Full sun
  • 1’-3’ tall x 1’-3’ wide
  • Water-wise | Deer resistant | Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Popular with bees for both nectar and pollen
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