Sample garden plan: part sun pollinator garden

pollinator garden is a safe resting spot for insects and birds and provides them with shelter, food and water.

Having a variety of flower shapes will encourage many different types of pollinators to visit your garden. Select plants which flower at different times of the year to ensure you have blooms for yourself and for pollinators all summer long. Leave flower heads and stalks standing in the
winter as many insects will overwinter there, and birds may feed on them. The addition of bird baths and bee houses will keep insects and birds returning to your garden each year.

Plants used in this design

Spring interest

  • Amelanchier species, serviceberry
  • Aconitum delphiniifolium, larkspurleaf monkshood
  • Baptisia alba, white wild indigo
  • Aquilegia canadensis, Canadian columbine
  • Tiarella species, foam flower

Summer interest

  • Rudbeckia hirta, blackeyed Susan
  • Penstemon hirsutus, hairy beardtongue
  • Allium cernuum, nodding onion
  • Gaura species, wand flower
  • Agastache foeniculum, giant hyssop

Fall interest

  • Eupatorium maculatum, Joe Pye weed
  • Solidago species, goldenrod
  • Echinacea pallida, pale purple coneflowers
  • Symphyotrichum laeve, smooth aster
  • Hamamelis virginiana, witch hazel


Receives sunlight either in the morning or afternoon for at least three to six hours per day.


Native plants are more naturally adapted to the soil conditions of our area. In recently developed residential areas, the native soil may have been replaced. Never fertilize native plants as they aren’t used to rich soil; it will make them leggy with fewer blooms. A small amount of compost is enough to provide nutrients and beneficial organisms.


For the first few weeks after your new garden is planted, check that the soil is wet to a depth of at least 2.5 centimetres (1 inch), even if it rains, and water as needed. Continue watering plants as needed until they’re well established (one to two seasons). Adding of 5-10 centimetres (2-4 inches) of mulch every few years. will help reduce watering needs and increase plant survival and growth. A rain barrel is an excellent source of water for your plants.

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