3 images: monarch on pink cosmos flowers, hummingbird on pink penstemon flowers with yellow flowers in the background, and a bee on a purple bachelor's button flower

Creating a Pollinator Friendly Environment

Grosbeak bird in birdbath in garden.

Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bees

In recent years much has been said about the benefits of pollinators in our gardens and landscapes. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are just a few of the most well recognized beneficial insects and animals that help to pollinate our plants and food—and that we often enjoy watching while relaxing in our garden.

Butterfly on an Adenium


Who doesn't enjoy watching butterflies flutter and perch in their garden? There are many plants that attract butterflies beyond the well-recognized milkweed and butterfly bush.

If you’re looking to create your very own butterfly habitat/garden, click on the following links to learn more:

Hummingbird with flowers


Hummingbirds are a favorite among pollinators and birds, and can be attracted to your garden through hummingbird nectar and hummingbird feeders, as well as through plants that attract hummingbirds:

Bee with Lavender


Did you know, there are 20,000 species of bees—in addition to the honey bee?  Learn more about wild native bees by clicking the link below.

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Butterfly Laying EggsWhen thinking about creating a pollinator-friendly habitat there are some key factors to consider:

  • Is there a specific type of pollinator you would like to attract—bee, butterfly, hummingbird, etc.?
  • There are several types of plants that are key to creating a successful pollinator habitat:
    • Plants that attract pollinators and provide them with food/nectar
    • Plants that provide a safe growing habitat for these key insects and birds
    • Plants to avoid—that deter pollinators
    • Balancing your garden with plants that provide for pollinating insects during each stage of their development. For example, did you know that there are 4 stages in both a bee’s and a butterfly’s life cycle? The egg, the larvae (grub in bees; caterpillar in butterflies), the pupa (chrysalis in butterflies) and the adult bee or butterfly. Different plants support different life stages.
  • Organic Gardening: Organic gardening and landscape care can assist in the growth of these beneficial insects and birds, as well as in keeping them nearby and thriving.
  • 6 different pictures of a variety of birdbaths at SummerWinds Nursery.Water for pollinators to drink and bathe in. Your local SummerWinds Nursery has a wide selection of birdbaths. Choose from solid-color ceramics, Talavera, and cast stone.

You can read more in the in-depth regional guide, "Selecting Plants for Pollinators," developed by the Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC. This regional guide was created for farmers, land managers, and gardeners in the American Semidesert and Desert Province, including the states of California and Arizona, and parts of Nevada and Utah.

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Stop by your local SummerWinds Nursery and speak with one of our Trusted Garden Advisors to learn more about what plants work best in the Valley of the Sun to attract specific pollinators to your garden landscape.

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