top of page

What Should You Grow for Pollinators? 

Pollinator plants for California (commonly available at nurseries):

The California Native Plant Society has a system called calscape.

Just type in your zip code and a list of plants, specific to your area, will appear.


Pollinator Partnership: eco-regional planting guides  The Pollinator Partnership also has a resource where you can search which flowers bloom in your region and when. 


UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab


Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators


Xerces:  Milkweed seed finder



Local nurseries for native plants:

California Native Plant Nursery, Mill Valley


Mostly Natives, Pt Reyes


O’Donnell’s Fairfax Nursery, Fairfax


Watershed Nursery, Richmond



And more local nurseries that love bees and pollinators:

Annie’s Annuals


Bees N Blooms, Santa Rosa

(Buy trees by appointment only.  Totally worth the trip!!!)


Chase ACE, San Rafael


Marin ACE, San Rafael


Sloat Garden Center, Mill Valley, Kentfield, Novato & more bay area locations




Bringing Nature Home

By Doug Tallemy 

Workman Press


California Bees & Blooms

By Gordon Frankie, Robbin Thorp, Rollin Coville and Barbara Ertter



California Foraging

By Judith Larner Lowry

Timber Press


Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens

By Glenn Keator, Alrie Middlebrook, Phyllis M. Faber (Other primary creator)


Reimagining the California Lawn

By Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brien

Cachuma Press


The Bee-Friendly Garden

By Kate Frey and Gretchn LeBuhn

Ten Speed Press


The Bees in Your Backyard

By Joseph S. Wilson & Olivia Messinger Carrill

Princeton University Press


The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance

by Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren

Timber Press


The California Wildlife Habitat Garden

By Nancy Bauer

University of California Press


The Xerces Society Guide to Attracting Native Pollinators,

By Eric Mader, Matthew Shepherdm Mace Vaughn, Scott Hoffman Black, and Gretchen LeBuhn

Storey Publishing

*Pay attention to bloom time, soil requirements, and which pollinators the flowers attract. We always recommend planting a diverse variety of flowers with a range of bloom periods! 

bottom of page