Six Native Plants to Grow for Pollinators

One major way to help pollinators thrive—and beautify an outdoor space—is to plant a native pollinator garden. Here are six native plants to grow for pollinators.

Native Plant Sales

During spring and summer, several of our wildlife sanctuaries offer native plant sales. Stop by to learn more and pick up varieties for your own backyard.


Moose Hill’s two-day Native Plant Sale in Sharon offers a variety of native perennials, ferns, and ground cover.

The Native Plant Sale & Open House at North River in Marshfield features native shrubs and flowering perennials as well as family activities and snacks.

Pick up plants to attract butterflies at the annual Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River in Topsfield.


Pick up plants to attract butterflies during Broad Meadow Brook’s Annual Butterfly Festival.

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About Hillary T.

Where: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln Who: Massachusetts transplant by way of Florida and New York. Raising two young girls, who she hopes will be budding naturalists Favorite part of the job: Learning something new every day from some of the smartest and most enthusiastic groups of people

2 thoughts on “Six Native Plants to Grow for Pollinators

  1. Christine Busza

    I agree with Vin. I am a timid gardener and like to have full details about starting a new project. Besides the suggestions that Vin makes, I would like some help with making the butterfly garden not only attractive to insects. but also attractive to the human eye! I’d like to plant this garden in the middle of the lawn. What kind of edging would be good? I assume the tallest plants are planted in the middle, the smaller ones in front. Could you please show us detailed pictures of such gardens, or give us the names of books on the subject?

  2. Vin Davulis

    OK, so you provide a list. How about completing by providing information about planting: Sun and soil and water requirements; ongoing care; etc. A simple list is not good enough in my opinion.


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