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POLLINATOR PLANTS
Native bees, honeybees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects, birds, and wildlife are not only a delight to see in the garden, they help to keep our gardens and ecosystems healthy and functioning. We can plan our gardens to support these delightful garden visitors by choosing a diversity of plants that provide them with food and habitat. We can also strive to make good choices when it comes to our gardening practices to keep them from harm. Here is a selection of plants that are particularly great at supporting our beloved garden wildlife. Other plants not included here can also be great but these are some of the best.
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Achillea ptarmica 'Peter Cottontail' - Sneezewort - Achillea ptarmica 'Peter Cottontail' is a unique yarrow with white, button-like flowers held in low, cloud-like mounds. Achillea ptarmica 'Peter Cottontail' - Sneezewort - Asteraceae (The Aster Family)

Achillea ptarmica 'Peter Cottontail' is a unique yarrow with white, button-like flowers held in low, cloud-like mounds.

Price: $16.99
Actaea matsumurae 'White Pearl' - Bugbane - Actaea (Cimicifuga) 'White Pearl' has dissected green foliage and exceptionally long spires of fragrant white flowers in late summer. Actaea matsumurae 'White Pearl' - Bugbane - Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

Actaea (Cimicifuga) 'White Pearl' has dissected green foliage and exceptionally long spires of fragrant white flowers in late summer.

Price: $19.99
Agapanthus 'Galaxy Blue' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Agapanthus 'Galaxy Blue' has large umbels of royal blue, trumpet-shaped blossoms with a dark blue stripe on each petal. Hardy to zone 6! Agapanthus 'Galaxy Blue' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)

Agapanthus 'Galaxy Blue' has large umbels of royal blue, trumpet-shaped blossoms with a dark blue stripe on each petal. Hardy to zone 6!

Price: $29.99
Agapanthus 'Galaxy White' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Agapanthus 'Galaxy White' has five inch wide umbels of white, trumpet-shaped blossoms on tall stems. Hardy to zone 6! Agapanthus 'Galaxy White' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)

Agapanthus 'Galaxy White' has five inch wide umbels of white, trumpet-shaped blossoms on tall stems. Hardy to zone 6!

Price: $29.99
Agapanthus 'Little Galaxy' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Agapanthus 'Little Galaxy' has large umbels of indigo blue, trumpet-shaped blossoms with a blue stripe on each petal. Hardy to zone 6! Agapanthus 'Little Galaxy' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)

Agapanthus 'Little Galaxy' has large umbels of indigo blue, trumpet-shaped blossoms with a blue stripe on each petal. Hardy to zone 6!

Price: $29.99
Agapanthus 'Summer Skies' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Agapanthus 'Summer Skies' has light blue flowers with dark blue streaks on tall sturdy stems rising above green strap-like foliage. Agapanthus 'Summer Skies' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)

Agapanthus 'Summer Skies' has light blue flowers with dark blue streaks on tall sturdy stems rising above green strap-like foliage.

Price: $16.99
Agapanthus Fireworks - Lily-of-the-Nile - Agapanthus Fireworks is a striking lily-of-the-Nile with bicolour flowers of violet blue and white. Agapanthus Fireworks - Lily-of-the-Nile - Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)

Agapanthus Fireworks is a striking lily-of-the-Nile with bicolour flowers of violet blue and white.

Price: $23.99
Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead' - Wild Angelica - Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead' is an 8 foot tall wild angelica with large, red-purple umbrella-shaped flowers, stalks and foliage. Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead' - Wild Angelica - Apiaceae (The Carrot/Parsley Family)

Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead' is an 8 foot tall wild angelica with large, red-purple umbrella-shaped flowers, stalks and foliage.

Price: $19.99
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - Supports monarch & other butterflies.Western N. American sister species to the eastern common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - Asclepiadaceae (The Milkweed Family)

Supports monarch & other butterflies.Western N. American sister species to the eastern common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

Price: $21.99
Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' - Masterwort - Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' is a fabulous boldly coloured masterwort with rich ruby red umbels. Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' - Masterwort - Apiaceae (The Carrot/Parsley Family)

Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' is a fabulous boldly coloured masterwort with rich ruby red umbels.

Price: $21.99
Astrantia major 'Star of Beauty' - Masterwort - Astrantia 'Star of Beauty' forms clumps of dark green foliage topped with branching stems of intriguing, deep pink flowers. Astrantia major 'Star of Beauty' - Masterwort - Apiaceae (The Carrot/Parsley Family)

Astrantia 'Star of Beauty' forms clumps of dark green foliage topped with branching stems of intriguing, deep pink flowers.

Price: $26.99
Astrantia major 'Star of Magic' - Masterwort - Astrantia 'Star of Magic' is a double duty masterwort with variegated foliage and months of deep red-pink flowers. Astrantia major 'Star of Magic' - Masterwort - Apiaceae (The Carrot/Parsley Family)

Astrantia 'Star of Magic' is a double duty masterwort with variegated foliage and months of deep red-pink flowers.

Price: $31.99
Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae' has lupin-like spires of purple on mounds of bluish foliage. Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae' - False Indigo - Fabaceae (The Legume Family)

Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae' has lupin-like spires of purple on mounds of bluish foliage.

Price: $21.99
Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' is a false indigo with spires of purple and yellow flowers and blue-green foliage. Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' - False Indigo - Fabaceae (The Legume Family)

Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' is a false indigo with spires of purple and yellow flowers and blue-green foliage.

Price: $21.99
Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' is very compact with spikes of warm royal purple flowers with yellow keels. Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' - False Indigo - Fabaceae (The Legume Family)

Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' is very compact with spikes of warm royal purple flowers with yellow keels.

Price: $21.99
Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' has unique colours of dark yellow and warm burgundy brown on spikes 10 inches long. Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' - False Indigo - Fabaceae (The Legume Family)

Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' has unique colours of dark yellow and warm burgundy brown on spikes 10 inches long.

Price: $21.99
Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' is a false indigo with bright yellow lupin-like flowers open from dark buds atop bluish green foliage. Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' - False Indigo - Fabaceae (The Legume Family)

Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' is a false indigo with bright yellow lupin-like flowers open from dark buds atop bluish green foliage.

Price: $21.99
Baptisia 'Plum Rosy' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Plum Rosy' has elegant bi-colored blossoms of mauve pink that lighten to near white with age. The stems repeat of the color of the blossoms. Baptisia 'Plum Rosy' - False Indigo - Fabaceae (The Legume Family)

Baptisia 'Plum Rosy' has elegant bi-colored blossoms of mauve pink that lighten to near white with age. The stems repeat of the color of the blossoms.

Price: $21.99
Berlandiera lyrata - Chocolate Flower/Daisy - Berlandiera lyrata forms masses of yellow daisies from spring until fall that smell distinctly like dark chocolate. Berlandiera lyrata - Chocolate Flower/Daisy - Asteraceae (The Aster Family)

Berlandiera lyrata forms masses of yellow daisies from spring until fall that smell distinctly like dark chocolate.

Price: $17.99
Buddleia 'Buzz Midnight' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddleja 'Buzz Midnight' is a dwarf butterfly bush that blooms continuously with fragrant, dark purple flowers. 

Buddleia 'Buzz Midnight' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddlejaceae (The Butterfly Bush Family)

Buddleja 'Buzz Midnight' is a dwarf butterfly bush that blooms continuously with fragrant, dark purple flowers.

Price: $18.99
Buddleia 'Pugster Blue' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddleja 'Pugster Blue' is a hardy dwarf butterfly bush that blooms continuously with fragrant, blue flowers. 

Buddleia 'Pugster Blue' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddlejaceae (The Butterfly Bush Family)

Buddleja 'Pugster Blue' is a hardy dwarf butterfly bush that blooms continuously with fragrant, blue flowers.

Price: $19.99
Buddleia 'Pugster Pinker' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddleia 'Pugster Pinker' is a hardy dwarf butterfly bush that blooms continuously with fragrant, pink flowers. Buddleia 'Pugster Pinker' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddlejaceae (The Butterfly Bush Family)

Buddleia 'Pugster Pinker' is a hardy dwarf butterfly bush that blooms continuously with fragrant, pink  flowers.

Price: $19.99
Buddleia 'Violet Cascade' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddleia 'Violet Cascade' is a sterile semi-dwarf butterfly bush that blooms from summer to fall with fragrant, purple flowers. Buddleia 'Violet Cascade' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddlejaceae (The Butterfly Bush Family)

Buddleia 'Violet Cascade' is a sterile semi-dwarf butterfly bush that blooms from summer to fall with fragrant, purple flowers.

Price: $21.99
Buddleia Buzz 'Sky Blue' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddleja Buzz 'Sky Blue' is a dwarf butterfly bush that blooms from summer to fall with fragrant, lavender-blue flowers. Buddleia Buzz 'Sky Blue' - Dwarf Butterfly Bush - Buddlejaceae (The Butterfly Bush Family)

Buddleja Buzz 'Sky Blue' is a dwarf butterfly bush that blooms from summer to fall with fragrant, lavender-blue flowers.

Price: $18.99
Callirhoe involucrata - Wine Cups - Callirhoe involucrata is an extremely showy, midwestern US native with luscious, glowing, magenta flowers with white centres. Callirhoe involucrata - Wine Cups - Malvaceae (The Mallow Family)

Callirhoe involucrata is an extremely showy, midwestern US native with luscious, glowing, magenta flowers with white centres.

Price: $16.99
Caryopteris incana 'Beyond Pink'd' - Bluebeard - Caryopteris incana 'Beyond Pink'd' is a deciduous shrub known as bluebeard with masses of pink flowers full of nectar. Caryopteris incana 'Beyond Pink'd' - Bluebeard - Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)

Caryopteris incana 'Beyond Pink'd' is a deciduous shrub known as bluebeard with masses of pink flowers full of nectar.

Price: $19.99
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' - Red Plume Thistle - Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' is a rare perennial with long-blooming, lipstick red, thistle-like flowers. Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' - Red Plume Thistle - Asteraceae (The Aster Family)

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' is a rare perennial with long-blooming, lipstick red, thistle-like flowers.

Price: $29.99
Crocosmia 'Honey Angels' - Montbretia - Crocosmia 'Honey Angels' has bright yellow tubular flowers in summer. A magnet for hummingbirds. Crocosmia 'Honey Angels' - Montbretia - Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Crocosmia 'Honey Angels' has bright yellow tubular flowers in summer. A magnet for hummingbirds.

Price: $19.99
Crocosmia 'Limpopo' - Montbretia - Crocosmia 'Limpopo' has coral orange flowers with a thin orange line down the middle of each petal. Crocosmia 'Limpopo' - Montbretia - Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Crocosmia 'Limpopo' has coral orange flowers with a thin orange line down the middle of each petal.

Price: $19.99
Cuphea 'Vermillionaire - Cuphea - Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' is a low-mounding, tender, evergreen perennial with tubular, orange and yellow flowers popular with hummingbirds. Cuphea 'Vermillionaire - Cuphea - Lythraceae (The Loosestrife Family)

Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' is a low-mounding, tender, evergreen perennial with tubular, orange and yellow flowers popular with hummingbirds.

Price: $11.99
   
 
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