Intermountain Region Card

Pollinator Planting Guide Cards - by Ecoregion

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The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s Selecting Plants for Pollinators Task Force developed these cards to help homeowner’s design and install small native pollinator gardens.


Intermountain Region Pollinator Planting Card (2-sided) 

Intermountain Region Pollinator Card (front) Intermountain Region Pollinator Card (front)

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Intermountain Region Pollinator Card (front)

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Intermountain Region Pollinator Card (back)

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Side 1:
Planting Guide for your native pollinator garden

Use the arrangement below to have a continous garden - spring, summer, fall

Intermountain Region states that this card applies to: CO, MT, NV, UT, WY

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: blanketflower (fall), mountain bluebells (spring), tufted evening primrose (summer), aspen fleabane (fall), showy milkweed (summer), common yarrow (spring), blue flax (summer), firecracker penstemon (spring), silvery lupine (fall)

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.

Side 2:

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.

3. Plant!
- 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:

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:

Season - Spring
First options: common yarrow [white bloom] (Achillea millefolium), Richardson's geranium [white bloom] (Geranium richardsonii), mountain bluebells [blue bloom] (Mertensia ciliata)
Second options: parsnipflower buckwheat [white flower] (Eriogonum heracleoides), firecracker penstemon [red bloom] (Penstemon eastonii), mule-ears [yellow bloom] (Wyethia amplexicaulis)

Season - Summer
First options: showy milkweed [pink bloom] (Asclepias speciosa), blue flax [blue bloom] (Linum lewisii), tufted evening primrose [white bloom] (Oenothera caespitosa)
Second options: prairie smoke [red bloom] (Geum triflorum), wildbergamot beebalm [purple bloom] (Monarda fistulosa), Rydberg's penstemon [blue bloom] (Penstemon rydbergii)

Season - Fall
First options: aspen fleabane [purple bloom] (Erigeron speciosa), blanketflower [orange bloom] (Gaillardia aristata), silvery lupine [blue bloom] (Lupinus argenteus)
Second options: scarlet gilia [red bloom] (Ipomopsis aggregata), twinflower [pink bloom] (Linnatea borealis), mat rockspirea [white bloom] (Petrophytum caespitosum)

Last updated: June 26, 2023


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