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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
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Planting For Pollinators: Attracting Hummingbirds, Bees & Butterflies

zinnia and hummingbird

Helping the pollinator population starts in the garden; plant varieties that are easy for the pollinators local to your area to pollinate. This will take some of the stress off of them and create a parade of butterflies, hummingbirds and bees coming to and from your garden all season long.

Hummingbird Favorite Varieties

Crocosmia Lucifer

Canna Lily Australia

Picotee Tuberous Begonia Mix

Phlox David

Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades

Coreopsis Full Moon

Indian Paintbrush Seeds

Sulphur Cosmos Seeds

Wild Sunflower Seeds

sunflower with honey bee

Bee Favorite Varieties

Creeping Phlox Apple Blossom Foxglove Dalmation Rose

Delosperma Fire Spinner

Calla Lily Picasso

Canna Lily Orange Magic

Crocosmia Emily Mckenzie

Plains Coreopsis Seeds

Purple Coneflower Seeds

Mexican Hat Seeds

butterfly and daylily

Butterfly Favorite Varieties

Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazers

Semi-Cactus Dahlia Tahiti Sunrise

Calla Lily Albomaculata

Butterfly Bush Flutterby Grande Peach Cobbler

Echinacea PowWow Wild Berry

Daylily Raspberry Ruffles

Red Poppy Seeds

Black Eyed Susan Seeds

Butterfly Weed Seeds

These bulb, perennial and wildflower varieties can be planted in the spring and are easy to pollinate, attracting pollinators to the garden all season long.

5 thoughts on “Planting For Pollinators: Attracting Hummingbirds, Bees & Butterflies”

  • Connie Etter

    Thank you for posting my hummingbird with zinnia image. They certainly loved your zinnia! I'll be purchasing seeds again in 2016 #connieetterphotography

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  • Judith Hughes
    Judith Hughes May 21, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I am a little disappointed you do not have Bee Balm as a hummingbird attractor...I have been delighted year after year with the hummers that reappear for my Bee Balm. Bee Balm also is a great flower for arrangements. You will never believe the compliments you get because of it's flashy style and bright colors. Don't forget, the flower is also a wildflower with a variety colors from pale pinks to purples to the more domestic bright reds.

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    • Jenny

      Hi Judith - Bee Balm is a great suggestion - glad you caught this! We are big fans of the bee balms we have planted in our gardens and I'm not sure how this one was overlooked. Thanks for the reminder and Happy Gardening - Jenny

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  • Peggy

    I was given Zinnia seed and was wondering when I should plant them.

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    • Jenny

      Hi Peggy - you are lucky! Zinnia's are beautiful, great in a vase, and very easy to grow. When to plant depends a bit on where you live, but for most areas I think that you could scatter them right now (late spring). That being said, we've noticed that many folks have great success with planting their wildflower seeds in the fall. This way, you'll get lots of early blooms: http://www.americanmeadows.com/fall-planting-is-best
      Happy Gardening - Jenny

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