Pollinator Planting Guide Cards - by Ecoregion
Download and print a copy of the card appropriate for your region.
Northeast 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
Northeast Region States that this card applies to: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV
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: New England aster (fall), bee balm (summer), foxglove beardtongue (spring), cardinal flower (fall), Joy Pye weed (summer), Eastern red columbine (spring), butterfly milkweed (summer), white wood aster (fall), wild geranium (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
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: Eastern Red Columbine [red bloom] (Aquilegia canadensis), wild gernamium [purple bloom] (Geranium maculatum), foxglove beardtongue [white bloom] (Penstemon digitalis)
Second options: squirrel corn [white bloom] (Dicentra canadensis), wild lupine [purple bloom] (Lupinus perennis), golden ragwort [yellow bloom] (Packera aurea)
Season - Summer
First options: common milkweed [pink bloom] (Asclepias syriaca), beebalm [purple bloom] (Monarda fistulosa), Joe Pye weed [light purple bloom] (Eutrochium fistulosum)
Second options: butterfly milkweed [orange bloom] (Asclepias tuberosa), woodland sunflower [yellow bloom], narrowleaf mountain mint [white bloom]
Season - Fall
First options: white wood aster [white bloom](Eurybia divaricata), gray goldenrod [yellow bloom] (Solidago nemoralis), New England aster [purple bloom] (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Second options: cardinal flower [red bloom] (Lobelia cardinalis), wrinkleleaf goldenrod [yellow bloom] (Solidago rugosa), white turtlehead [white bloom] (Chelone glabra)
Last updated: April 15, 2022