Top Plants for a Pollinator Garden

Are you thinking of starting a garden to attract the local pollinators in your area? You'll be glad to know that you don't have to necessarily get a different plant for every kind of pollinator. In fact, the plants on this list will feed most butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

How to Start Your Garden Quickly and Affordably
Before we dive into the list of plants for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, let's talk shopping. When you fist start your garden you may get really excited and want to buy 20 plants right off the bat. You should know that the price of the plants add up quickly. Here are some creative ways to get fabulous plants at a discounted price:

  • Hunt down the clearance racks - Most Walmarts and Lowes have a clearance rack in their garden center. You can get a lot of plants for 50% off that way. Just keep checking every couple of days until you find what you're looking for.When you do, buy at least two plants. A good watering and a dose of Miracle Gro will have the plants looking good in no time at all. Just be patient.
  • Check the Net - Hop onto Craigslist and Facebook Yard Sale and see if anyone is selling butterfly or hummingbird plants. You can usually get a good deal when you buy plants this way. However, safety always comes first. Pay in cash and meet in a public place. You may have to check every few days, but you'll find something.
  • Seeds please - If you're patient and willing to wait a few months you can start some plants from seeds. Check your local garden center for seed packets of the butterfly plants you need. You can also check Amazon and Ebay. 
  • Ask for a deal - You can get a deal at your local independent nursery if you're willing to ask. Just ask them how much money do you need to spend to get a wholesale discount. Or tell them you want to put several butterfly and hummingbird plants and you want to know if they'll give you a discount. The worst thing that can happen is that they'll say no, but in most cases they'll set you up with a small break on the price. 
Plants to Start Your Secret Garden
Now, let's get down to brass tacks. Here are the plants you need to start attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees:
  1. Salvia
  2. Pentas
  3. Cuphea
  4. Butterfly weed
  5. Purple porterweed
  6. Red porterweed
  7. Shrimp plant
  8. Dutchman's pipevine
  9. Purple passionflower vine
  10. Angelonia
  11. Phlox
  12. Verbana
  13. Cardinal flower
  14. Lantana
If you can only start out with 4 plants right now we suggest you get:
  1. Salvia Mystic Spires
  2. Lantana
  3. Butterfly weed
  4. Purple passion vine
These plants will attract plenty of buttery, bees, and hummingbirds. The butterfly weed and purple passion vine will also serve as a food source for hungry caterpillars.
Happy gardening!

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