Teri's Tips

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

PollinatorsHummingbirds, butterflies and bees! Sadly, there has been a decline in the health of our pollinators, and it’s important for gardeners to create a pollinator-friendly garden. You will need to provide blooming plants, which is their food source; shelter in the form of large-leaved shrubs, trees and tall grasses; and water to encourage their survival. Do not use pesticides of any kind!

Here is a list of pollinator-friendly plants:


  • Serviceberry
  • Currants
  • Weigela
  • Wild lilac
  • Ocean spray

PollinatorsEdibles and herbs:

  • Chive flower
  • Borage
  • Edible beans and peas
  • Lavender
  • Pineapple sage
  • Rosemary
  • Squash flowers
  • Parsley flowers


  • Columbine
  • Yarrow
  • Hollyhock
  • Foxglove
  • Coneflower
  • PollinatorsDelphinium
  • Hellebores
  • Bee balm
  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Fuchsia
  • Salvia
  • Scabiosa


  • Snapdragons
  • Cosmos
  • Lobelia
  • Petunias
  • Sweet peas
  • Verbena
  • Sunflowers

It’s wonderful to stroll in your own garden and see the birds, bees and butterflies enjoying a wildlife buffet as they gather and flutter about.