The Colossal Pollinator Garden

The Colossal Pollinator Garden 50 plants - ships August


Pre-Order Now! This Potted Tray ships August 16th.
For medium to dry soils and near full sun exposure. Shorter stature, 14 species.
 The 50 plants in this Colossal Garden Kit will provide a succession of blooms throughout the growing season.  Species were selected to provide both nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds and food for caterpillars. Included with each order: full-color Planting and Care Instructions and our Planting Layout Suggestion

Tray details: 
• Each of the 50 plant cells are 5” deep x 2.25” wide at top
• At least 1 tag per species will be provided
• Recommended spacing is one plant / 2-3 sq. ft.; kit covers approx. 120-150 sq. ft.

Please note: We encourage early ordering! Some species may sell out before the shipping season begins.  For the Garden Kit trays, we may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to shortages later in the season or unforeseen greenhouse failures.

4 Questions asked on The Colossal Pollinator Garden

Q Jon • March 1 How long will it take for this garden to start blooming?
A Prairie Moon • March 2 These potted plants are 4-6 months old. We can never guarantee a bloom the year of transplant but most species will bloom the 2nd year if their environment is right.
Q Clarissa • March 5 For what planting zones is the pollinator garden appropriate?
A Prairie Moon • March 5 We recommend this kit for zones 3-8. As long as you meet appropriate sun and soil conditions you may find success outside of this range as long as extra attention is provided during the establishment phase.
Q Mark • March 26 I’m looking for a low maintenance garden, would this be a good option? Will I need to spend much time containing any potential opportunistic plants in this garden?
A Prairie Moon • March 26 The species in this garden kit are well-behaved and should not present future control problems. One advantage of this tray of young seedlings is that transplants can be placed where you want them, according to your site needs and design plan. There will be effort required to weed between the plants and ensure that they have sufficient water and sunlight, but little ongoing effort beyond removing dead top growth each spring should be required.
Q David • March 17 Hi! We are considering this kit for a space in our back yard that we cleared, however, we get a lot of deer in our yard. Are many of the plants in this kit relatively deer resistant? Thanks for any help!
A Prairie Moon • March 17 Great question! Most of the plants are deer resistant- Anise Hyssop, Butterfly Weed, Pale Purple Coneflower, Button Blazing Star, Wild Bergamot, Hairy Mountain Mint, Orange Coneflower, and both grasses. However, when they’re young, their deer resistance typically hasn’t kicked in yet and they’ll still require some protection. Of course if the deer in your area are that hungry, you may still find yourself having to take deer preventative measures even once the plants are mature.

Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds


We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants


Trays of 38 plants and 3-packs leave our Midwest greenhouse based on species readiness (well-rooted for transit) and based on order date; Spring shipping is typically early-May through June, and Fall shipping is late-August through September. Plant cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting instructions/care are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

For the Garden Kit trays, we may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to shortages later in the season or unforeseen greenhouse failures.

Shipping & Handling Charges:
For Potted Plant orders $50.00 and under: $7.50
For Potted Plant orders over $50.00: add 15% of the total plant cost.

We ship potted trays with UPS, and SpeeDee in the Midwest, so we must have a street address. Long-distance shipments (to the East Coast and West) taking 3 or more days are only shipped on Mondays to prevent plants from drying out over the weekend.

Potted plants in this kit are either overwintered plants coming out of dormancy or 1st year plants started this past winter; growth for both types are weather-dependant.  Plants must be large and well-rooted to stay in their cells during shipment. Our greenhouses are located in the Upper Midwest, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship earlier than advertised.

*We are unable to ship potted or bare root plants outside the contiguous US or to California due to government regulations.


Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Medium, Medium-Dry
1-4 feet
Pollinator Favorite: butterflies, bees and birds Highly recommended for home landscaping
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