Plants for Pollinators
Xerces Society most recommended plants for pollinators in the Northeast includes 16 forbs and 8 trees and shrubs. Coded for blooming season, flower color, height, water need as well as benefits to specific pollinators.
Xerces society’s general recommendations are worth noting.
• Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators need access to abundant nectar and pollen resources throughout the growing season. At minimum, strive for three species to be blooming at any one time; the greater the diversity, the better.
• If you are adding plants to your garden, plant flowers in clumps at least three-feet-wide to help them be more attractive to passing pollinators.
• To attract butterflies, include their host plant in your pollinator garden.