In recognition of National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017), I'm spotlighting plants and combos that perform the important work of providing hospitality for these illustrious garden guests. Planting a variety of flowering plants, selected to offer a steady succession of pollen-producing blooms over many months, will keep your garden abuzz with activity and, of course you'll get to enjoy the gorgeous results all season long.
The Pollinator Partnership site is a treasure trove of fantastic information about this fundamental need and is loaded with useful ideas and advice for supporting our pollinators. One thing that I really liked was that they have region-specific guides. This link takes you to one that covers Oregon and Washington state, but wherever you garden, you should be able to find an equally helpful guide here.
The eGardenGo site includes many plants that are attractive to pollinators— wonderful plants that'll enliven your garden with bees,butterflies, and hummingbirds—click below to use our powerful filters that will help you identify garden ideas to fit your growing conditions and attract pollinators and other wildlife.
When you land at the site, you'll want to narrow the presented options to a smaller, more suitable subset to fit your specific situation—you can hone in by selecting your growing zone, the exposure of your site, water conditions, and other applicable attributes. From those remaining, find a plant or a combo that suits your fancy, then click through for full details and planting combination ideas.
This video will walk you through the process: