Planting for pollination

Forest gecko on a pohutukawa flower.
Forest gecko on a pohutukawa flower

We all depend on pollination and pollinators to provide us with the huge array of food we eat every day.

There are a number of things you can do in your own garden to make it more appealing to visiting pollinators.

Have a planting plan

Every garden can contribute to successful pollination and provide a habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

Successful gardens can link together with public parks and streets to create a green network of habitats throughout the city.

For help choosing the best plant species to encourage pollination in your garden, use our Landscapes for Life brochures:

Pollination wheel (PDF 585KB) 
Native species planting guide (PDF 270KB)

Create a pollinator habitat

You can help to attract pollinators to your garden by providing artifical habitats.

A 'pollinator palace' with different materials to suit different pollinators can be a creative and interesting feature in your garden.

For help selecting materials, see our Landscapes for Life pollination brochure (PDF 911KB).

Winter wonderland

To help make your garden more appealing to visiting pollinators, try providing over-wintering shelter:

  • upside-down flower pots
  • a small sheet of corrugated iron or onduline
  • piles of rock or logs
  • leaf litter
  • native wire vines and nettles.

You can also help by planting a variety of nectar-rich native and exotic plants that bloom at different times of the year.

Avoid pesticides and herbicids

Many pesticides and herbicides can be harmful to pollinators as well as the pests you are trying to get rid of.

If you need to control pests, apply after sundown when most pollinators have stopped moving around the garden.

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