Pollinator Garden Kit

Pollinator Garden Kit 38 plants

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For medium to dry soils and near full sun exposure. Heights range from 2-5 ft. 14 species. Further filter plants in the Pollinator Garden Kit.
The 38 plants in this 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

Tray details: 
• Each of the 38 plant cells are 5” deep x 2” wide at top
• At least 1 tag per species will be provided
• Recommended spacing is one plant / 2-3 sq. ft.; kit covers approx. 75-100 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.

Live Plant Shipping Table

Spring Fall Age/Size
Potted Trays of 38 May/June N/A 2" wide x 5" deep plugs

4 Questions asked on Pollinator Garden Kit

Q Anna • November 8 When do these kits go on sale? There is no option to receive an email notification when they are back in stock. Thank you!
A Prairie Moon • November 8 Hi Anna. Our current website design does not allow that notification feature on this product - yet. We have plans to improve that interface in the near future. Until then, mark your calendar! These kits will be available for purchase as early as the first few weeks in January.
Q Sarah • December 6 I live in New Orleans, Zone 8. Is there any way I could get a kit in April?
A Prairie Moon • December 6 Hi Sarah. Garden Kits typically ship in May or June. We don't start heating our Upper Midwest greenhouses until about March, so very few of these species will be developed enough to survive transit in April.
Q Lindsey • January 3 How many hours of sun does the Pollinator Garden actually need? I get about 4-5 hours of open sun along a walkway and patio edge. Will that work? Or should I consider the Semi-Shade Garden instead?
A Prairie Moon • January 4 Hi Lindsey. Many of the species in the Pollinator Garden need 6+ hours of sunlight. Although some plants that require full sun may adapt to the partial sun conditions, the Semi-Shade Garden or creating your own Mix&Match Garden will give you better results.
Q Mark • January 10 I am interested in building a pollinator garden around an existing mature crab apple tree. The area is south of the front of my house, mostly clay soil, pretty dry, although I do water my lawn and plantings manually. I wish to demonstrate a pollinator garden for the community I live in. Would this kit work for me?
A Prairie Moon • January 10 That sounds like a wonderful "Soft Landings" garden, Mark! The species in the Pollinator Garden Kit are well-suited to fairly dry, clay soils. They do require 6+ hours of sun; if the crab apple canopy is very dense or low-hanging, that may be a limiting factor.

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


3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges:
SEED $100.00 and under: $5.00
Retail SEED orders over $100.00 ship free! Custom seed mixes or wholesale seed sales over $100, add 5% of the total seed cost
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required)

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $9.00
over $50.00: 18% of the total plant cost. (For orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required.)

TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

**We are required to collect state sales tax in certain states. Your state's eligibility and % will be calculated at checkout. MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders picked up at our MN location. Shipping & handling charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Shipping Season:

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.

BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 32/38/50 plugs and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve).  We are a Midwest greenhouse, 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 before early May.  Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.


We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee. UPS and Spee Dee are often used for expediting plant orders; they will not deliver to Post Office Box numbers, so please also include your street address if ordering plants. We send tracking numbers to your email address so please include it when you order.



Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Medium, Medium-Dry
1-3 feet
Pollinator Favorite: butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, beetles Bird Favorite: seeds, insects, fruit, nectar, nesting, perch Highly recommended for home landscaping
USDA Zones
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