plants for pollinators

  • 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…

  • Island alum root
    Design

    Native Plants for Southern California Pollinators

    Winter is a great time to add new plants to your garden, and what better to add than California natives? California natives have evolved with our local weather conditions, soil,…

  • Design

    Libby’s Butterfly Garden in South Carolina

    Today we're visiting Libby Breitenbaugh’s butterfly garden in Irmo, South Carolina (Zone 8). I have been gardening for over 30 years. Gardening brings me so much pleasure. I started my…

  • Collection

    Some of Our Favorite Pollinator Gardens from Garden Photo of the Day

    We get so many wonderful submissions to our Garden Photo of the Day blog that it's fun from time to time to revisit some of our favorites. Below, you'll find…

  • Design

    Designing a Stylish Pollinator Garden

    A few years ago, in an effort to try to help dwindling butterfly and bee populations, my partner Mikel and I plowed up an acre of invasive bittersweet on the…

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    Pollinators’ Favorite Nectar Plants

    The first spring in the pollinator garden we planted more than two thousand plugs and were itchy to see results. But not much insect activity happened at first. Plants were…