Pollinator Planting Guide Cards - by Ecoregion
Download and print a copy of the card appropriate for your region.
Great Plains Region Pollinator Planting Card (2-sided)
Planting Guide for your native pollinator garden
Use the arrangement below to have a continous garden - spring, summer, fall
Great Plains Region states that this card applies to: ND, SD, NE, KS, OK
This card includes an illustration of a 3'x6' garden bed with a mixture of nine pollinator-friendly plants.
The flower bed is set up with flowers for spring, summer, and fall. Arrange plants shorter on outside of plot.
Flowers include: narrow-leaved coneflower (summer), Maximilian sunflower (fall), blanket flower (spring), common yarrow (spring), swamp milkweed (summer), dotted blazing star (fall), purple prairie clover (summer), stiff-leaved goldenrod (fall), large beardtongue (spring)
This card was produced by the following partners:
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institute, and Pollinator Partnership.
Follow these steps to create your beautiful native pollinator garden
1. Identify your garden spot:
- Find a 3'x6' plot that gets 6+ hours of sun.
- Have a larger area? Include more choices and clump the same species together.
- Remove or smother existing lawn or vegetation.
2. Buy plants at a local native plant nursery, if possible.
- Arrange plants with different seasonal blooms in your plot.
- Dig holes twice as large as each plant's pot.
- Remove the plant from the pot, loosen the roots, place it in the hole, backfill, tamp soil, and water.
- Mulch plot to depth <1 inch="" />
4. Maintain your garden:
- Water to keep moist throughout the first two weeks, then as needed or when plants droop.
- Weed as needed.
- Avoid using insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides.
- Be patient - your garden may take a few years to fully establish and fill in!
Add your garden: www.millionpollinatorgardens.org
Native Plant Options:
*Your state’s native plant society can recommend additional locally appropriate native species. See North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Ecoregional Planting Guides for additional information: www.pollinator.org/guides
Season - Spring
First options: large beardtongue [purple bloom] (Penstemon grandiflorus), blanket flower [orange bloom] (Gaillardia spp.*), common yarrow [white bloom] (Achillea millefolium)
Second options: white penstemon [white bloom] (Penstemon albidus), upright prairie coneflower [orange bloom] (Ratibida columnifera), golden alexanders [yellow bloom] (Zizia aurea)
Season - Summer
First options: swamp milkweed [pink bloom] (Asclepias incarnata), purple prairie clover [purple bloom] (Dalea purpurea), narrow-leaved coneflower [pink bloom] (Echinacea angustifolia)
Second options: blue vervain [blue bloom] (Verbena hastata), wild bergamot [purple bloom] (Monarda fistulosa), American germander [pink bloom] (Teucrium candaense)
Season - Fall
First options: stiff-leaved goldenrod [yellow bloom] (Solidago rigida), stiff sunflower [yellow bloom] (Helianthus pauciflorus), dotted blazing star [purple bloom] (Liatris punctata)
Second options: white health aster [white bloom] (Symphyotrichum ericoides), Maximilian sunflower [yellow bloom] (Helianthus maximiliani), tall blazing star [purple bloom] (Liatris aspera)
Last updated: April 15, 2022