plants for pollinators

  • Peter Cottontail sneezewort
    Design

    Fall-Flowering Perennials for Pollinators in the Northern Plains

    I find late-season flowers to be some of the most delightful of the year. They represent one last encore to a year of gardening done well. The bees enjoy the…

  • large garden bed full of colorful flowers
    Design

    Gardening for Birds, Bees, Butterflies, and Beauty

    Today’s photos are from Julianne Labreche in Ottawa, Ontario. I am a Master Gardener who gardens and volunteers my skills in Ottawa. A few years ago, I removed all the…

  • Common milkweed with a bee
    Design

    Gardening for Pollinators on Staten Island

    Today’s photos are from Virginia Sherry, who is the founder of the Native Plant Society of Staten Island. I am writing from Staten Island, New York, to share photos of…

  • swallowtail butterfly on a pink flower
    Article

    Growing a Butterfly Garden in Southern California

    Most of Southern California is on the western monarch butterfly migration path and is home to a number of other fascinating butterflies that are ecologically significant pollinators. At a time…

  • Pots with Pollinator Power
    Design

    6 Beautiful Pollinator Container-Garden Designs

    Over the last few decades, gardeners and the general public have become increasingly aware of the importance of supporting pollinators. These hardworking creatures are under threat due to habitat loss…

  • Flowering spurge
    Design

    Stunning Prairie Natives for the Southern Plains

    Many of our favorite ornamental flowers originated from the vast prairies of the Great Plains. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9), lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata, Zones 4–9), and butterfly weed…

  • bog sage
    Design

    Spectacular Salvias for the South

    Salvias (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 5–11) are one of the most versatile genera of plants for gardeners. Flowers can range from beautiful blue to red, pink, white, coral, and…

  • hummingbird feeding on salvia
    Design

    Stephanie’s Favorite Pollinators

    Today we’re heading to Averill Park, New York, with Stephanie Stewart. These are shots of some of my favorite pollinators. The hummingbirds are attracted to salvia (Salvia guaranitica, Zone 7–10…

  • colorful pollinator garden
    How-To

    Supporting Native Bees in the Mid-Atlantic

    Recently I spoke with Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial, an ecological consulting company based in Bronxville, New York, who is the author of The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on…

  • pink flower with bee on it
    Article

    Plants to Support Native Bees in the Southern Plains

    Bees are responsible for pollinating 80% of the world’s plants, including one-third of the food on our plates and many of the ornamental plants in our gardens. While European honeybees…