Pollinator Gardens

Would you love a gloriously colorful and long-blooming garden that’s also a buffet for pollinators of all types? It's easy to create a beautiful habitat in your own backyard where there’s something for everyone. Adding simple pollinator-friendly plant combinations to your beds and borders is a great way to start.


Top 5 Pollinator Garden Tips

  1. Avoid pesticides as much as possible, and if pest control is necessary, always start with the gentlest, most targeted approach.
  2. Remember that a healthy insect population is full of beneficial insects that will naturally keep pests in check.
  3. Plant the same pollinator-friendly plant in masses of at least 3’x3’. This makes them easier to find and more efficient to forage for pollinators.
  4. Find a balance between tidying up the garden and leaving some potential nesting structures for insects.
  5. Have something in bloom from spring through fall to provide nectar and pollen for as long as possible.

3 Pretty Pink (or Purple) Pollinator Combos

Pink- and purple-blooming plants are not only fan-favorite colors in the garden, but many also attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Some popular pink and purple pollinator plants to look for at your local garden center include penstemonagastachebee balmsalviaconeflower, and lavender.

Bees love all of these thanks to the abundance of both pollen and nectar, and the color pink is especially attractive to butterflies, while hummingbirds are drawn to the deeper shades of purple.

Pollinator Plant Favorites in Pink and Purple

pink penstemon flowers

Harlequin™ Magenta 

This disease-resistant pollinator plant features a bushy, compact habit and long bloom period, thriving even in poor, dry soils and full sun. Produces a profusion of showy, upright spikes of white-throated, magenta-red flowers. Full sun. Up to 22" tall, 16" wide. Zones 5-9.

purple meadow sage flowers

Meadow Sage

Enjoy the beauty of violet-blue flowers on striking purple-black stems! This perennial adds a pop of color to your garden with contrasting gray-green leaves. Perfect for mass plantings, mixed borders, and containers. Full sun. Up to 18" tall, 24" wide. Zones 4-9.

pink-purple bee balm flowers

Balmy™ Lilac 
Bee Balm

Bees and butterflies flock to the abundance of boldly colored, shaggy lilac-purple flowers atop fragrant minty-basil-scented foliage. This perennial resists powdery mildew better than others, making it ideal for planting en masse in sunny borders. Partial to full sun. Up to 12" tall, 10" wide. Zones 4-9.

kobold gayfeather flowers


This butterfly magnet features low, grassy clumps that produce recurrent spikes of stunning pink blossoms. Thrives in meadow gardens while also adding beauty to sunny beds and borders. Full sun. Up to 2' tall, 1' wide. Zones 4-9. 

coral pink flower spikes on kudos coral agastache

Kudos Coral 
Dwarf Agastache

A hummingbird favorite with a tidy habit, increased hardiness, improved disease resistance, and tolerance of wet, cold soils. This prolific new hybrid is perfect for any garden. Full sun. Up to 20" tall, 16" wide. Zones 5-10.

vibe ignition purple salvia

VIBE® Ignition 
Purple Salvia

Vibrant purple flowers attract bees and hummingbirds all summer long. Thriving even in heat and drought, this is one of the most humidity-tolerant varieties of its kind. Partial to full sun. Up to 24" tall and wide. Zones 7-11.

3 Colorful Coneflower Combos

Coneflowers are an excellent addition to any pollinator garden design. Their showy flowers bloom from midsummer to early fall and come in a wide range of colors, including pink, purple, white, and yellow. Coneflowers are particularly attractive to butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects, making them a must-have for any pollinator garden with the appropriate climate conditions.

Use them in your mixed borders, wildlife garden, cutting garden, mass plantings, or even in large containers.

With a wide array of beautiful colors and an easy-care favorite, coneflowers are an excellent choice for any gardener seeking to support local ecosystems and add long-lasting beauty to their landscape.

Favorite Coneflowers for Pollinator Gardens

red coneflower

Fiesta Coneflower

This beautiful coneflower is a cutting garden essential and perfect for pollinator borders. Fiesta offers a riot of color with spicy coral-pink flowers that age to softer shades! Enjoy a lively display throughout summer with new flowers continuously emerging. Full sun. Up to 20" tall, 18" wide. Zones 4-9.

pink coneflowers with green central eye

Colorific™ Coneflower

These enchanting coneflowers have a green center cone framed by dense petals in a lovely palette of pink hues! The lush foliage and sturdy, upright stems create a beautiful backdrop for the continuous profusion of blooms from late spring through fall. Full sun. Up to 20" tall, 18" wide. Zones 4-9.

apricot coneflower

Fresco® Apricot 

Enjoy large frilly double flowers that top long stems throughout summer and fall! This plant's tall, narrow habit is perfect for tucking into perennial borders is loved by pollinators. Full sun. Up to 23" tall, 20" wide. Zones 4-9.

gold echinacea flowers

Sombrero® Granada 
Gold Coneflower

A profusion of rich, golden yellow, large blooms that beautifully adorn a sunny border or cutting garden from late spring through summer. This sturdy selection was bred for cold hardiness and a compact form with prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. Full sun. Up to 22" tall, 24" wide. Zones 4-9.

bright red coneflowers

Panama™ Red 

A great choice for wildlife gardens and is loved by butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and birds. Deep red flowers with dark centers over a long bloom season on this short and compact variety! It's Its smaller size makes it great for containers, too. Full sun. Up to 14" tall and wide. Zones 5-9.

tiger coneflower

Prima™ Tiger 

Bring a pop of sunny color to your summer garden with tangerine blooms and orange cone centers. This pollinator perennial is perfect for sunny borders, as it produces an abundance of flowering stems. Full sun. Up to 18" tall and wide. Zones 4-9.


3 Dreamy Pollinator Cottage Combos

Pollinator-friendly cottage gardens are a beautiful way to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to your yard. Plants with large blooms in soft shades add a dreamy quality that takes the design to the next level. Adding in a mix of pink and/or purple flowering plants (see our favorites above) provides a range of nectar sources for pollinators throughout the growing season. It's important to also include some herbs like lavender and thyme, which not only attract pollinators but can also be harvested for culinary use.

Cottage gardens are meant to be a little wild and free (get cottage garden design tips here), so don't be afraid to mix and match different plant combinations to create your own unique pollinator-friendly design.

Favorite Plants for Pollinator-Friendly Cottage Gardens

lavey blue russian sage

Lacey Blue 
Russian Sage

This heat- and drought-tolerant selection has a sturdy, compact form that does not flop over in the landscape. Lavender-blue flower sprays enhance its aromatic, deer-resistant foliage, making it a colorful, pollinator-friendly, and easy-care choice for an accent, border, or mass planting. Full sun. Up to 18" tall, 26" wide. Zones 4-10.

lavender purple chaste tree flower spikes

Summertime Blues™ 
Chaste Tree

Large lavender-purple flower spikes provide nectar to pollinators throughout the summer on this drought-tolerant, easy-care shrub. It has improved hardiness, sterile flowers, and a more manageable size, growing into a dense shrub. Full sun. Up to 6' tall, 4' wide. Zones 5-9.

periwinkle bluebeard flowers with bees

Blue Balloon® 

The pollinator magnet features striking deep-blue flowers, making it a great addition to any perennial border or wildlife garden. Its highly fragrant foliage has a rich green color with silvery undersides. The plant is vigorous and adaptable to different environments. Up to 3' tall, 2' wide. Full sun. Zones 5-9. 

blushed pink crystal pink sedum flowers

Crystal Pink 

The iciest pink blooms you'll ever see! Large flower heads of soft pink on shorter, sturdier stems than other varieties. Attracts beneficial, pollinating insects and butterflies. Combine with blue-toned grasses or shrubs for a stunning effect. Full sun. Up to 12" tall, 16" wide. Zones 4-9.

pink joe pye weed flowers

Dwarf Joe 
Pye Weed

A compact plant with showy, mauve-purple, dome-shaped flower heads that bloom from late summer to early fall. It provides spectacular late-summer color and vertical interest in borders and naturalized areas. A wonderful addition to meadows, and native gardens. Partial shade to partial sun. Up to 4' tall, 3' wide. Zones 4-9.

pink agastache flowers

Pink Pearl 

An excellent pollinator perennial, loved by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Spikes of light-pink flowers are paired with darker buds for a lovely two-tone effect that lasts from late spring to frost. This variety is unique for its shorter, compact growth habit and dense blooms that cover the entire plant. Full sun. Up to 16" tall and wide. Zones 6-10.