I was so happy when my garden won a Bee Spaces Pollinator Award given by the Franklin County Beekeepers Association and the Second Congregational Church, and presented by Representative Stephen Kulik. The awards are intended to promote gardens that will feed and support many of our important pollinators. I thought I would make a list of the most important pollinator plants in my award winning garden. It might help you get more pollinators in your garden
The Foam flower bloom early in the spring, spreads at a moderate rate, and makes a great groundcover.
Coneflowers have become very popular. They come in many colors, but the bees are happy with the white ones, and these Echinacea purpurea.
Bees love bee balm which comes in many shades of red, pink, white and purple.
Zinnias are such cheerful pollinator flowers that I must have them every year. I think they keep the bees cheerful too.
Clethra alnifolia blooms in the spring to feed all those hungry bees. Shrubs are important as pollinator plants, just as well as flowers.
Buttonbush has such interesting flowers that appear in the summer. They love growing in wet spots. I love this unusual pollinator shrub which thrives in my wet garden.
You can kind of see the ‘turtlehead’ in the Chelone blossoms. Chelone serve many functions from pollen and nectar for the bees, to cover for birds, food birds, and for caterpillars. My garden is very wet and turtlehead doesn’t mind at all.
Liatris is an important plant for Monarch nectar, as well as for bees of every variety. Other of my favorites flowers are Lobelia or cardinal flower, winterberry, Solomon’s Seal, bloodroot, Joe Pye Weed, and elderberry.
Another favorite pollinator plant in my garden is the spring Columbine, which comes in beautiful colors and forms. For more information about caring for Columbine visit Happy DIY Home. They offer good, full information about this flower.
Many more plants, not in my garden, offer pollen and nectar, shelter for birds, food for caterpillars and birds, and nest sites for birds. How many pollinator plants do you have in your garden?