Trying to attract more butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees to your garden? You're not alone. More and more gardeners are realizing the importance of beneficial insects and wildlife to their ecosystems, and are growing plants that support them. Plus, it's just more fun to see a garden alive with butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds!
Monrovia grows thousands of plants that support pollinators, and all of our nurseries use pollinator-friendly growing methods. We love seeing a garden buzzing with life and want to make it easier for you to do the same by providing a myriad of pollinator-friendly plant options. Before we reveal our favorite plants for a colorful garden that's full of life, let's start with the basics.
What are pollinator plants?
Pollinator plants (a.k.a. pollinator-friendly plants) are flowering perennials, annuals, or shrubs that provide the nectar and pollen essential for a flourishing pollinator population. Pollinators include hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Pollinator plants maintain a healthy pollinator population, which allows for crops and flowers to continue producing seeds and fruits via insect pollination (as well as a healthy garden and vibrant ecosystem).
What is a pollinator garden?
A pollinator garden is an outdoor space that is filled with plants that provide a source of nectar and pollen to the local pollinator population. Pollinator gardens can be large landscapes or small patio container gardens. If a space is filled mostly with pollinator-friendly plants, it can be considered a pollinator garden. Pollinator gardens are made even better by providing a water source, nesting sites, and following other insect-friendly approaches outlined in this article.
Ready to get started bringing more hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to your garden? We have some fantastic plant ideas for you below.