A pollinator is an insect or animal that causes plants to make fruit or seeds. Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, spiders, flies, wasps, and bats are pollinators, to name only a few. Pollinators have been in rapid decline in recent years, but you can help them by adding pollinator-friendly plants in your garden.
Many people don’t realize how much of our food is the result of pollination. Here is a list of crops that require pollination by insects.
Important: Plant Milkweeds or leave Milkweeds in place when you find the plant in your garden to support Monarch butterflies. As caterpillars, they feed exclusively on the leaves of Milkweed, and simply cannot live without it. To protect Monarch butterflies, protect this plant. Learn more about Butterfly Gardens here.
Plants Pollinators Love
Here is a selection of pollinator-friendly plants that we often stock throughout the growing season, subject to availability. We hope you bring some home with you to encourage pollinators in your yard. This list does not include Annuals for Pollinators, no the many Fruits and Vegetables they love as well.
Agastache, Giant Hyssop
Baptisia, False Indigo
Eupatorium, Joe Pye Weed
Geranium maculatum, Cranesbill or Hardy Geranium
Helianthus, Perennial Sunflower
Liatris spicata, Gayfeather
Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower
Monarda, Bee Balm
Panicum, Switch Grass
Penstemon, Beard Tongue
Rudbeckia, Black-eyed Susan
SHRUBS & TREES
Acer rubrum, Red or Swamp Maple
Betula nigra, Birch
Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud
Clethra alnifolia, Summersweet
Cornus sericea, Redtwig Dogwood
Lindera benzoin, Spicebush
Rhus aromatic, Sumac
Rosa Virginiana and Rugosa Rose
Ageratum, a.k.a. Floss Flower
Calendula, a.k.a. Pot Marigold
Vervain, a.k.a. Verbena bonariensis