Best Plants for Pollinators: Tips and Regional Guides{3}

plants for pollinators rugosa rose bumblebee

Native bumblebee on a rugosa rose

Plants for Pollinators, Info for Gardeners

No doubt, I am the largest, most flightless, furless bumblebee around, but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do, especially if he wants peaches in the Pacific Northwest. So with dry paintbrush in hand, I visit my peach trees each spring and try to coax them into a little hanky-panky with another tree’s not-so-private parts, all for the promise of some fruit at summer’s end. (Here’s that story: He’s a Cool Pollinator.)

The trouble is I must face reality. As prodigious a pollinator as I am, Mother Nature still does a much, much better job, especially when given a fighting chance. Native pollinators, everything from birds to bees to butterflies to beetles, play a vital role in sustaining our food supply and native plants. How can you help? There are countless ways. I heartily recommend checking out this really amazing non-profit site Pollinator Partnership where experts share ways to attract pollinators and the steps you can take to improve pollinator habitat in your neck of the woods.

Downloadable regional  guides

These online regional guides are amazingly detailed and helpful.

Visit the first link below and submit your zip code to see the informative guide for your area (and it’s downloadable, too).

Great Pollinator Partnership Links:

Plants for pollinators oriental lily and honeybee

Honeybee hits the pollen motherlode in this lily.

It is imperative that we take immediate steps to help pollinator populations thrive. The beauty of the situation is that by supporting pollinators’ need for habitat, we support our own needs for food and support diversity in the natural world. –Laurie Davies Adams, Pollinator Partnership

Happy Gardening! And take a little time to learn how you can protect and pamper your pollinators by visiting the Pollinator Partnership.