Butterflies at the ABQ BioParkOne out of every three mouthfuls of food we eat, and of beverages we drink is made possible by pollinators.  Without pollinators, we would not have many of our favorite fruits, vegetables, and flowers!

From bees to hummingbirds and butterflies to moths, pollinators are a common sight.  By planting the right types of plants you can encourage native bees and other pollinators to frequent your garden. 

Download complete instructions for creating a Pollinator Friendly Garden!

Plant a Pollinator Friendly Garden

  • Plant a variety of flowering plants that will keep blooms throughout the various seasons.
  • Concentrate on native plants. Our pollinators have co-evolved with these plants, and will benefit from their availability.
  • If you like the more formal, cultivated look, concentrated on the older varieties.  Modern hybrids are often all show, and produce little pollen and nectar.
  • Choose plants of different heights to accommodate bird and bug pollinators.
  • Choose plants in a variety of colors to attract a variety of pollinators
  • Don't forget to plant Butterfly and Moth host plants!
  • Provide water in shallow containers
  • Large rocks placed to catch the sun will provide butterflies with warm place to rest
  • Provide shelter and resting places - Shrubs and trees work for both birds and butterflies

Bee on cherry blosoms at ABQ BioPark

What Can We Do To Protect Pollinators?

  • Provide undisturbed areas and nesting materials for bees and hummingbirds
  • Try using natural remedies for pests in your yard.  Lady bird beetles or a blast of water will talk care of many garden pests. 
  • If you must spray, do so while the bees and butterflies are not at work, and choose non-residual pesticides - once it is dry it will not harm the foraging bees and butterflies.

Plants for Your Garden

  • Asters (Aster spp.)
  • Bee Balm (Monarda spp.)
  • Penstemons (Pestemon spp.)
  • Gilia (Gilia spp.)
  • Evening Primrose (Camissinia and Oenothere spp.)
  • Globemallows (Sphaeralcea spp.)
  • Catmint (Nepeta mussini syn . faassenii)
  • Pincushion (Chaenactis spp.)
  • Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.)
  • Vervain (Verbena spp.)
  • Heliotrope (various Phacelia spp.)
  • Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)
  • Milkweed (Asclepias spp.)
  • Thistles (Cirsium spp.)
  • Acacia (Acacia spp.)
  • Mesquite (Prosopis spp.)
  • Lupines (Lupinus spp.)
  • Sumacs (Rhus spp.)
  • Turpentine Bush (Ericameria laricifolia)
  • Cinquefoil (Potentilla spp.)
  • Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)
  • Dalea (Dalea spp.)
  • Chamisa (Chrysothamnus spp.)
  • Hyssop (Agastache spp.)