Pollinator Planting Guide Cards - by Ecoregion
Download and print a copy of the card appropriate for your region.
Texas 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
This card applies to the Texas Region
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: tropical sage (summer), Maximilian sunflower (fall), green milkweed (spring), cobaea beardtongue (spring), Texas lantana (summer), mealy blue sage (fall), flame acanthus (summer), shrubby boneset (fall), columbine (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: green milkweed [green & purple blooms] (Asclepias viridis), cobaea beardtongue [white bloom] (Penstemon cobaea), columbine [yellow & red blooms] (Aquilegia canadensis)
Second options: antelope-horns [green & purple blooms] (Asclepias asperula), Barbara'a buttons [white bloom] (Marshallia caespitosa), Engelmann's daisy [yellow bloom] (Engelmannia peristenia)
Season - Summer
First options: Texas lantana [orange & yellow blooms] (Lantana urticoides), tropical sage [red bloom] (Salvia coccinea), flame acanthus [red bloom] (Anisacanthus quadrifidus)
Second options: orange zexmenia [orange bloom] (Wedelia acapulcensis), Turk's cap [red bloom] (Malavaviscus arboreus), black dalea [white & purple blooms] (Dalea frutenscens)
Season - Fall
First options: Maximilian sunflower [yellow bloom] (Helianthus maximiliani), mealy blue sage [blue bloom] (Salvia farinacea), shrubby boneset [white bloom] (Ageratina havanensis)
Second options: plateau goldeneye [yellow bloom] (Viguiera dentata), Gregg's mistflower [blue bloom] (Conoclinium greggii), blackfoot daisy [white bloom] (Melampodium leucanthum)
Last updated: April 15, 2022