How to Build a Patriotic Pollinator Garden This Memorial Day

Are you looking for a Memorial Day weekend garden project? In this article, gardening expert and pollinator plant enthusiast Melissa Strauss shares everything you need to know about building a patriotic pollinator heaven this Memorial Day!

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A pollinator garden is helpful in so many ways. Sitting and watching the various pollinating insects and birds can be both calming and soothing. Watching their industrious and methodical gathering of nectar can be a great stress reliever. Pollinator gardens also help to maintain important insect populations.

Bees pollinate more than 130 different food crops and 90% of flowers worldwide. With dwindling bee populations, creating spaces for these outstanding little workers to have a safe, insecticide-free place to refuel is more important than ever. Monarch butterfly populations have also been dwindling, and while neither is considered an endangered species yet, many organizations are providing habitat for monarchs, bees, and other at-risk pollinators.

Constructing a pollinator garden doesn’t have to be a huge task. I just love a pretty raised bed garden overflowing with flowering plants. And since many of the top pollinator plants are fast multipliers, containing them makes maintenance so much easier and less time-consuming.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to build a patriotic pollinator garden. There are loads of red, white, and blue flowers that are frequented by pollinators.

In fact, blue is a favorite color for bees, and hummingbirds and butterflies often favor red flowers. Throw in some white accents for depth and contrast, and you will have a wonderful patriotic garden that will bring the pollinators far and wide.

Pollinator Garden Basics

Close-up of flowering plants of red petunias, Lobelias and
White Verbena Obsession in a sunny garden. Petunias have large, funnel-shaped flowers with a rich red color and a darker throat. Lobelias has many tiny tubular blue flowers with five petals and a distinct lower lip. Verbena Obsession produces round, dense inflorescences of five-petalled white flowers with yellow centers.
For a successful pollinator garden, provide nectar plants, host plants, and a water source to keep pollinators happy and returning.

There are a few important keys to building a successful pollinator garden. If you want to draw butterflies, especially, there are specific types of plants that will not only bring them to feed but keep them coming back to lay eggs as well.

This is the most necessary component in a thriving pollinator garden. Flower nectar is the main food source for bees and butterflies, and it provides hummingbirds with the energy they need to forage for insects. Nectar has a high sugar content, and some types of nectar actually improve butterfly fecundity (which means more butterflies).

If you want to keep the butterflies returning to your garden, planting their host plants is a surefire way to make that happen. Each butterfly has one or two plants that serve as larval food, and it is on those plants that they lay their eggs.

You don’t usually plant these host plants because they are pretty. For the better part of the summer, they will be short on foliage. But these plants are what make it possible for butterflies to safely go through their entire lifecycle right in the comfort of your garden.

Having a water source is vital for keeping pollinators happy. If you live near a pond or lake or already have a birdbath nearby, these are great water sources. If not, think about adding a small water feature to your garden.

I use hanging birdbaths filled with river rocks to provide water for my honeybees, and they really appreciate it on hot summer days. All pollinators need water to quench their thirst and cool themselves. If your garden has one on hand, there is no reason for them to look elsewhere.

Most popular pollinator plants prefer full sun, and they produce the most flowers with this type of exposure. Try to choose a spot that gets a lot of sunlight early in the day. The morning sun offers all the same benefits without the harsh heat of afternoon sunlight.

It’s a good idea to include a variety of plants, particularly ones that bloom at different times. The ideal pollinator garden will have blooming flowers continuously through the spring, summer, and fall.

Pollinators expend a ton of energy flying around collecting nectar. If they find a place where they can collect a lot of nectar without having to fly around a lot, they can conserve energy, and they will continue to choose that place to feed.

Think about keeping many plants close to one another. Using a raised bed makes this easy, which is another benefit of this type of gardening.

There are tons of plants that feed bees and butterflies. Honeybees, in particular, are not native to the United States, so they have no specific need for native nectar. This is not the case for butterflies.

Butterflies tend to thrive best in spaces where they have access to native plant species. Butterfly host plants are usually native species. Adding native species of plants to your pollinator garden means less work in the long run, as many of these plants are reseeding or perennial and adapted to your specific climate.

This is integral to maintaining a healthy pollinator garden. Most pollinators are insects, so using insecticides will harm and potentially kill them.

Red Flowering Pollinator Plants

To start off, pick a pollinator plant with red blooms. The following plants have beautiful red flowers and will attract many different types of pollinators to your garden – butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds, to name a few! But be forewarned, red won’t bring most bee species to your garden as they cannot see that color; we’ll have other flowers meant specifically for them later.

Scarlet Beebalm

Close-up of a flowering Scarlet Bee Balm plant in a sunny garden. The flowers are bright, red. They are tubular in shape and are arranged in dense spherical clusters at the tops of tall, erect stems. The flowers have a unique structure with prominent stamens, giving them a prickly appearance. The leaves are lanceolate in shape with a serrated edge and are dark green in color.
Scarlet Bee Balm is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies due to its color.

Botanical Name: Monarda didyma

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: June-August
  • Height: 2’-3’
  • Zones: 4-9

This member of the mint family is more appealing to hummingbirds and butterflies than honeybees because of its color. Most honeybees don’t see red, so it appears black to them, which indicates danger. However, it’s quite beneficial to a few native bee species that do see red!

Beebalm has fragrant foliage and brilliant crimson tubular flowers arranged in tufts. These tufts resemble fireworks, and they will bloom just in time for the 4th of July.

Salvia x ‘Maraschino’

Close-up of a flowering Salvia 'Maraschino' plant against a blurred green background. The flowers are tubular, with two-lipped petals, deep red, arranged in dense clusters on vertical stems. The leaves are dark green and have a textured, slightly hairy surface. They are lanceolate with a serrated margin and grow oppositely along the stems.
Maraschino Salvia is a cold-hardy and drought-tolerant plant featuring tall spikes of bright red flowers.

Botanical Name: Salvia x ‘Maraschino’

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
  • Height: 3’
  • Zones: 6-10

Most types of Salvia have long and prolific blooming seasons. This hybrid, a cross between Salvia greggii and Salvia microphylla, begins in early summer and blooms through the fall.

It is cold hardy and produces bright red flowers on tall spikes that attract many hummingbirds. It is fast growing and flowers freely. This pollinator-friendly plant is quite drought-tolerant as well.

Rajin’ Cajun Ruelia

Close-up of Ruelia elegans 'Rajin' Cajun Red' flowering plant in the garden. The flowers are tubular, with five bright red petals, bloom in inflorescences. The leaves of Rajin Cajun Red are lanceolate, rich green in color and have a slightly serrated edge.
Rajin’ Cajun is a powerful flowering plant that blooms year-round in zones 9-10.

Botanical Name: Ruelia elegans ‘Rajin’ Cajun’

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: May – First Frost
  • Height: 12”-16”
  • Zones: 8-10

Rajin’ Cajun is a flower powerhouse. In USDA zones 9-10, it can almost bloom year-round if the temperature doesn’t drop below 28 degrees. However, in hardiness zone 8, it is a perennial that dies back in winter but comes around in spring and blooms early and for a long period. In much of the rest of the US, it’s grown as an annual.

Hummingbirds and butterflies love this long-lasting nectar source. While not a native plant in the US (it’s native to Brazil), it’s a common sight in pollinator gardens because it has the tubular flowers that hummingbirds love most!

Red Clover

Close-up of flowering Trifolium pratense plants in a sunny garden. The flowers are small and compact, collected in dense rounded inflorescences on the tops of long stems. Each flower is made up of many deep pink to purple petals that form a vibrant spherical shape. The leaves of Trifolium pratense consist of three leaflets. The leaflets are bright green in color, oval in shape with scalloped edges and have a smooth texture.
Red clover is an abundant bloomer that nourishes bees and butterflies and enriches the soil as a nitrogen fixer.

Botanical Name: Trifolium pratense

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: May-August
  • Height: 2”
  • Zones: 4-11

Red clover is a prolific bloomer that is food for bees and butterflies alike. Clover is a nitrogen fixer, so it enriches the soil for other plants, making it a very desirable plant for the pollinator garden.

In addition to being a nectar plant, it is also one form of larval food for the Eastern Tail Blue and Common Blue Clouded Sulphur butterflies. While native to Europe, Asia, and part of the African continent, it is widely naturalized in the United States and is a common cover crop choice!

Common Poppy

Close-up of Papaver rhoeas flowering plants in a sunny garden. The flowers of Papaver rhoeas are bright and attractive, deep red in color. The flowers have a delicate papery texture and are cup-shaped with a prominent black center containing numerous stamens and pistils. The leaves of Papaver rhoeas are deeply dissected and pinnately divided, giving them a fern-like appearance.
Including the Common Poppy in a Memorial Day garden project is significant due to its longstanding tradition.

Botanical Name: Papaver rhoeas

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Bloom Time: April -June
  • Height: 9”-18”
  • Zones: 2-10

It wouldn’t seem right to leave out the Common Poppy while discussing a Memorial Day garden project. After all, these flowers have held a special place in the Memorial Day tradition for more than 100 years.

They are also very appealing to pollinators as both an ample source of nectar and pollen as well. Although they are annuals, they freely self-seed, making them likely to reappear each year. These are not a native species in the US, but they are extremely popular plants and widespread in the garden trade.

White Flowering Pollinator Plants

There are a number of different pollinator plants that bloom with beautiful white flowers. The following are some of our favorite white blooming pollinator-friendly plants added you can add to your pollinator garden.

Wild Carrot

Close-up of Daucus carota flowering plants in the garden. The flowers of Daucus carota are delicate and complex, white in color, arranged in lacy clusters known as umbels. The leaves of Daucus carota are fern-like and finely divided, giving them a feathery texture. They are located in the form of a rosette at the base of the plant.
Daucus carota is a beloved cut flower with lacy clusters that provide pollen and nectar for various pollinators.

Botanical Name: Daucus carota

  • Plant Type: Biennial
  • Bloom Time: Spring-Fall
  • Height: 1’-4’
  • Zones: 3-9

Also known as Queen Anne’s Lace, wild carrot is one of my favorite cut flowers. The lacy clusters of flowers are a good source of pollen and nectar, making them popular among most types of pollinators. Their delicate, fernlike foliage adds a nice textural effect to the garden and is also a larval food for the black swallowtail butterfly.

Zinnias

Top view, close-up of flowering Zinnias plants. Medium-sized, semi-double flowers with central discs of tubular orange flowers surrounded by delicate white petals. The leaves are lanceolate, smooth, bright green.
Zinnias offer a variety of colors, but their striking white flowers are particularly attention-grabbing.

Botanical Name: Zinnia

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring – First Frost
  • Height: 6”-4’
  • Zones: 3-10

Zinnias come in many colors, but if you’re looking for a striking white flower that demands attention, zinnias fit the bill. These easy-to-grow annuals have a long blooming season. Beginning in the late spring, they can flower until the first frost. Bees and butterflies both love zinnias for their abundant nectar.

White Yarrow

Close-up of a flowering Yarrow plant (Achillea millefolium) in the garden. The plant has beautiful flat umbellate florets that consist of many tiny white 4-petaled flowers with yellow centers. Leaves are bright green, feathery, fern-like.
Yarrow features delicate fernlike foliage and abundant clusters of small, nectar-rich flowers.

Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: April – October
  • Height: 2’-3’
  • Zones: 3-9

Yarrow is another delicately beautiful plant that comes in several colors, but we will talk about the white variety for our list. Their fernlike foliage provides visual interest in the garden and readily produces clusters of tiny, nectar-rich flowers. Yarrow is drought-tolerant, and bees and butterflies love it!

White Coneflower

Close-up of a flowering Echinacea 'Powwow White' plant in a sunny garden. The plant has beautiful large daisy-like flowers with slightly drooping long white petals surrounding copper conical centers. The leaves are large, lanceolate, dark green with serrated edges. The soil is covered with a layer of mulch.
Coneflowers, beloved by pollinators, include easy-to-grow and attractive white varieties resembling daisies.

Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
  • Height: 18”
  • Zones: 3-9

Coneflowers are easy-to-grow perennials that are great for pollinators. While the purple variety is the most popular among bees, these pretty white coneflowers resemble daisies and are really quite pretty.

They thrive in hot weather, are drought tolerant, and attract many bees and butterflies. In addition to pollinators, finches love to eat the seeds left behind after their flowers fall.

White Swamp Milkweed

Close-up of a large monarch butterfly on a flowering plant Asclepias perennis against a blurred green background. The butterfly is large, with large orange wings with a black pattern and white spots along the edges. The plant has dense rounded inflorescences of star-shaped white flowers with protruding centers.
Swamp Milkweed, a native variety, attracts numerous monarch butterflies.

Botanical Name: Asclepias perennis

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Height: 1’-2’
  • Zones: 3-9

Swamp milkweed is another native milkweed that will have the monarchs showing up in droves. I have several varieties of milkweed in my garden; this is always the first one to get eaten down to sticks in the spring.

You don’t plant milkweed because it is beautiful, you plant it because monarch butterflies are beautiful, and where there is milkweed, there are butterflies. However, the flowers are quite pretty while in bloom, although the plant itself can have a weedy appearance!

Sweet Almond Bush

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Close-up of a flowering bush Aloysia virgata on a green background. The bush has small tubular white flowers, collected in long thin inflorescences. The leaves of Aloysia virgata are narrow and elongated, lanceolate, arranged oppositely along the stems and have a rich green color.
Sweet Almond Bush is a lovely shrub with fragrant white flowers that bloom throughout summer and fall.

Botanical Name: Aloysia virgata

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
  • Height: up to 15’
  • Zones: 8-11

The Aloysia genus is a favorite of mine, and the pollinators, too! Here in the Southeast, Sweet Almond Bush, or Aloysia virgata is a popular variety that grows to about 10’ tall in my zone (8), but south of here, it can survive the winter and eventually grow to 15’ and can be trained into the shape of a tree.

It’s a lovely shrub with panicles of fragrant, white flowers that bloom through the summer and fall. I never see this plant without bees on it, as long as it is in bloom. The fragrance of the flowers is very strong and has the scent of fine, almond-scented soap, where it gets its common name. A native of Argentina, this plant is very popular in the US!

Cow Parsnip

Close-up of a Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum) flowering plant in a garden. The flowers are collected in large, flat-topped racemes known as umbels. These umbels consist of numerous small white flowers with five petals. The leaves of Cow Parsnip are large, palmate, with deep, bright green lobes.
Cow Parsnip attracts various pollinators, including bees, moths, butterflies, and beetles.

Botanical Name: Heracleaum maximum

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: May and June
  • Height: 7’
  • Zones: 4-10

It would be easy to confuse this plant with wild carrot, as they come from similar plant families, and their flowers are very much alike. Cow parsnip will grow larger, though, and the flowers have a slightly different arrangement. They are not quite as delicate as wild carrot flowers.

Pollinators love this plant. It draws all types of bees, moths, butterflies, and beetles. It is an exceptional source of nectar.

Blue Flowering Pollinator Plants

Blue flowering plants are perhaps the most tricky. There are not a lot of “true blue” flower types. The following plants have hues of blue, and are all pollinator-friendly.

Smooth Aster

Close-up of flowering Smooth Aster plants in a sunny garden. The plant has many small daisy-like flowers with bright yellow cone-shaped rounded centers surrounded by blue thin petals.
Smooth Aster, a favored variety among pollinators, is not only pretty but also comes in blue color.

Botanical Name: Symphyotrichum laeve

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Fall
  • Height: 1’-3’
  • Zones: 3-8

Smooth Aster is one variety of this pretty pollinator favorite that also happens to be blue! Asters, in general, tend to be favored by pollinators like bees and butterflies. In my garden, blue Asters are a favored nectar plant of monarch butterflies. They reseed freely, so in a year or two, you will have plenty of this plant to go around.

This is also the birth flower for those born in September, which tends to be their best blooming month. Mine are already blooming in May, so they have a nice long blooming season. In addition, they are one of the larval foods for the pearl crescent butterfly.

Blue Flame Salvia

Close-up of a flowering Salvia pachyphylla plant in a garden, against a blurry background. The plant has dense inflorescences of small tubular purple flowers. The leaves of Blue Flame Salvia are thick, leathery and grey-green in color.
Blue Flame Salvia has blue and purple flowers that attract various pollinators.

Botanical Name: Salvia pachyphylla ‘Blue Flame’

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Height: 2’
  • Zones: 5-9

Blue Flame Salvia technically has flowers that are blue and purple, with the purple being the dominant. But they do have a blue cast to the large flower spikes, and since they are so attractive to pollinators, we will add them to the list. True blue flowers can be difficult to find, but those in the blue-violet color family are plentiful.

Salvia are wonderful pollinator plants. They attract many different types of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They also spread quickly, so planting them in a contained space, like a raised bed, will help to keep them concentrated in one area and more manageable.

‘Blue Flame’ is a popular cultivar, but the species itself is referred to as mountain desert sage and is native to much of the southwestern US.

Anise Hyssop

Close-up of a flowering plant Agastache foeniculum in a sunny garden. The plant has dense tall inflorescences of small purple-blue tubular flowers. Anise hyssop leaves are lanceolate and bright green in color.
Anise Hyssop is a fragrant, herbaceous perennial in the mint family.

Botanical Name: Agastache foeniculum

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Spring – First Frost
  • Height: 2’-4’
  • Zones: 3-8

Another personal favorite, anise hyssop is not actually a form of anise. It’s actually a herbaceous perennial in the mint family. It has fragrant leaves and spikes of fuzzy, pale blue flowers that are irresistible to bees of all kinds. These are very easy to grow, requiring little to no maintenance once they are established.

Anise hyssop freely reseeds but is not invasive as it doesn’t spread by rhizome. In its second year, you will see many small baby plants popping up around the parent plant. They are simple to pull up and can be replanted easily. This is a late spring/early summer bloomer that will continue to flower through the fall and that draws in butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Starflower

Close-up of a flowering Borage plant in a sunny garden. Borage flowers have a star-shaped bright blue color. The flowers and purplish-green stems have a distinct hairy texture. Borage leaves are large and hairy, with a rough texture, green in color.
Borage is a true blue flowering plant with medicinal and edible properties.

Botanical Name: Borage

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
  • Height: 3’
  • Zones: 3-10

This true blue flowering plant has many different uses. Borage flowers freely, and the flowers produce nectar throughout the entire life of the bloom, which is only about one day, but it makes them very attractive to bees.

The color of these flowers, paired with their sheer abundance, makes this a wonderful addition to the pollinator garden. The plant blooms for about two months, and can produce 1,000 flowers on a single plant.

Honey bees and bumblebees both love borage. It is a self-seeding annual, so the parent plant dies each year, but many plants will spring up to replace it next year.

Pincushions

Close-up of a flowering Scabiosa plant against a blurred green background. The plant has thin vertical stems with cushion flowers on top. The flower is round in shape, with a central dome surrounded by delicate fringed petals of a blue-violet hue.
Pincushions are a great addition to your Patriotic Pollinator Garden, featuring unique honeysuckle-like flowers.

Botanical Name: Scabiosa

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Spring – Fall
  • Height: 12”-15”
  • Zones: 3-7

Pincushions come in several colors, including a gorgeous periwinkle blue shade that would be perfect for your Patriotic Pollinator Garden. These members of the honeysuckle have a unique appearance and, naturally, plenty of sweet nectar.

With colorful, round blooms that seem to float on the ends of thin, graceful stems, you will certainly enjoy watching these blooms bounce around under the weight of bees. They are loved by butterflies as well, but bees are drawn to these pretty flowers from miles away!

Bachelor’s Buttons

Close-up of a flowering plant Centaurea cyanus against a blurred leafy background. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, has distinctive flowers and leaves. The flowers are bright and have a shade of blue. The petals are delicately layered to form a unique and attractive flower. The leaves of Centaurea cyanus are thin, lanceolate, with a grayish-green tint. They grow alternately along the stem and provide an attractive backdrop for the vibrant flowers.
Bachelor’s Button is a low-maintenance annual that freely reseeds and thrives in a wide range of zones.

Botanical Name: Centaurea cyanus

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
  • Height: 1’-3’
  • Zones: 2-11

Also known as cornflower, bachelor’s button is a wonderful, easy-care annual that freely reseeds. It grows well in zones 2-11, and is native to Europe, although it has been naturalized here in the United States.

The blooms are bright blue with a deep blue center, so they are highly visible and appealing to bees of all kids. They also provide food for butterflies and goldfinches.

Porterweed

Close-up of a flowering Stachytarpheta plant against a blurred garden background. Porterweed has bright, small, tubular purple flowers. They grow in dense thorns. The leaves of Stachytarpheta are opposite, elongated, deep green in color and have serrated edges.
Porterweed attracts hummingbirds and bumblebees with its sweet nectar.

Botanical Name: Stachytarpheta

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Summer, Year Round in Florida
  • Height: 4’
  • Zones: 8-10 (Annual elsewhere)

If there is one plant in my garden that consistently brings hummingbirds to the yard, this is it. They love this plant’s sweet nectar so much they don’t even mind me sitting nearby to watch. Bumblebees as well seem to flock to this plant. By the end of the summer, there is a bounty of small blue blooms at the end of every stem.

Porterweed is supposed to be perennial in only zones 9-10, however, mine dies to the ground in zone 8 and comes back every year bigger than the year before. It’s a nice, sturdy, low-maintenance plant that doesn’t spread, so it’s easy to manage.

Bluebeard (Blue Mist)

Close-up of a flowering plant Caryopteris x clandonensis in a sunny garden. The plant has beautiful small blue-violet flowers, which are collected in small groups on an upright stem. They have a delicate and feathery appearance, reminiscent of fog or smoke. The leaves of Caryopteris x clandonensis are opposite, fragrant, grey-green.
Bluebeard is a stunning addition to the pollinator garden, captivating with an abundance of tiny blue flowers.

Botanical Name: Caryopteris x clandonensis

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
  • Height: 3’-4’
  • Zones: 5-9

These true blue bloomers are a great addition to the pollinator garden. They get to be about 4’ tall and wide, so give them a starring role in the bed, and come midsummer, they will produce tons of tiny, blue flowers that will have the entire pollinator crew visiting your garden.

Bluebeard is attractive to honeybees, bumblebees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It blooms into the fall, providing an excellent and important food source for pollinators. While a hybrid rather than a native plant, these captivate a wide array of pollinators and bring them in abundance!

Final Thoughts

Planning and planting a pollinator garden doesn’t have to be a labor-intensive or time-consuming project. Creating a raised bed pollinator garden can be a one-day project that will bring years of enjoyment. What better time is there to create a beautiful patriotic pollinator garden than Memorial Day weekend? You can create a no-fuss, stunning pollinator paradise that will have red, white, and blue blooming through Veterans Day and beyond.

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