Pollinator Planting Guide Cards - by Ecoregion
Download and print a copy of the card appropriate for your region.
Southeast 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
Southwest Region States that this card applies to: NC, TN, AR, SC, GA, AL, MS, LA, FL
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: butterfly milkweed (summer), anise-scented goldenrod (fall), bloodroot (spring), green and gold (spring), wild bergamot (summer), blue mistflower (fall), blackeyed Susan (summer), lateflowering thoroughwort (fall), eastern bluestar (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: eastern smooth beardtongue [white bloom] (Penstemon laevigatus), lanceleaf tickseed [yellow bloom] (Coreopsis lanceolata), eastern bluestar [blue bloom] (Amsonia tavernaemontana)
Second options: green and gold [yellow bloom] (Chrysogonum virginianum), bloodroot [white bloom] (Sanguinaria canadensis), narrowlead evening primrose [yellow flower] (Oenothera fruticosa)
Season - Summer
First options: butterfly milkweed [red bloom] (Asclepias tuberosa), black-eyed Susan [yellow bloom] (Rudbeckia hirta), wild bergamot [purple bloom] (Monarda fistulosa)
Second options: dense blazing star [purple bloom] (Liatris spicata), orange coneflower [yellow bloom] (Rudbeckia fulgida), trumpetweed [pink bloom] (Eutrochium fistulosum)
Season - Fall
First options: swamp sunflower [yellow bloom] (Helianthus angustifolius), anise-scented goldenrod [yellow bloom] (Solidago odora), blue mistflower [purple bloom] (Conoclinium coelestinum)
Second options: lateflowering thoroughwort [white bloom] (Eupatorium serotinum), smooth blue aster [purple bloom] (Symphyotrichum laeve), giant ironweed [purple bloom] (Vernonia gigantea)
Last updated: July 26, 2022