Many bees and butterflies, as well as hummingbirds, visit to feed on the nectar and pollen rich blooms. Songbirds will eat the seeds later in the season.
Autumn Joy Sedum
The late summer blooms of Sedum provide food for pollinators going into winter.
Many bird species are attracted to the fruits and use the shrub for shelter.
Black Eyed Susan
Black Eyed Susans attract bees, butterflies, and birds and act as a host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly and the Wavy-Lined Emerald.
Blue Flag Iris
This plant attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant and low maintenance, this plant is host plant to monarchs and is a great source of nectar for other pollinators.
Flowers and fruit attract birds and butterflies. Chokecherry is also a food source for small mammals.
Small specialist insects are attracted to thyme. It may have antibacterial and antifungal properties that are beneficial for pollinators as well.
Highly attractive to butterflies. Seeds attract Mourning Doves, Bobwhite Quail, and White-tailed Deer. Special Value to Native Bees (Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees.) Special Value to Bumble Bees.
Culver’s Root attracts bees and butterflies.
Liatris attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
One of the best species for attracting butterflies, bees, other insects and birds – especially the Ruby-throated Hummingbird!
The flowers attract various long-tongued insects, including the Large Carpenter Bee, hummingbirds, hummingbird moths, and other bees and butterflies.
False Asters attract bees, butterflies, and moths.
The nectar of Heliopsis attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Birds utilize the seed as a food source, and stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects.
One of the first foods for bees and butterflies in the spring.
Solidago x ‘Little Lemon’
Goldenrod is highly attractive to butterflies and bees. While it is often blamed for seasonal allergies that is a myth. The pollen of the goldenrod is heavy and does not float on the air, the real culprit is the ragweed which blooms at the same time.
Great Blue Lobelia
Lobelia is very popular with bees, birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Green Headed Coneflower
The nectar and pollen of this plant attract butterflies and bees. Songbirds, especially American Goldfinches, eat the seed in the fall.
Hairy Beardtongue attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as acting as a host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot.
Harebells attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Native to Japan, this tree was in the garden prior to the pollinator garden. It does not provide for pollinators or birds.
Hydrangea Tree Limelight
Some cultivars of this shrub are fragrant and attractive to bees.
Jacob’s Ladder attracts bees and butterflies to its pale purple flowers.
Midsummer flowers are attractive to butterflies.
Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed is a host plant for the Eupatorium Borer Moth and the Three Lined Flower Moth. It also attracts bees, butterflies, and songbirds.
Native to Asia. The fruit are attractive to various small mammals, fox, bear, skunks, beavers as well as birds.
This drought tolerant plant thrives in poor soil and attracts bees and butterflies.
The Figworts are an excellent nectar source for attracting native butterflies and bees. They are also favored by the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Hummingbirds are attracted to this colorful shade plant with tube shaped flowers. Bees are also attracted to this plant.
Mountain Mint is a host plant for the Regal Fritillary, the Delaware Skipper, the Hermit Sphinx, the Curved Tooth Geometer, and the Tobacco Budworm Moth. Bees and butterflies are attracted to its flowers.
New England Aster
Bright purple Aster flowers attract bees and butterflies, while its foliage is food for the Pearl Crescent, Hoffman’s Cochlid Moth, the Pale Banded Dart, and Clemens Clepsis Moth.
New Jersey Tea
White flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. New Jersey Tea is a host plant for the Spring Azure, the Summer Azure, and the Mottled Duskywing.
Nodding Onions bring bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the garden.
Attractive to birds and of special Value to Native Bees (Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees.)
Pearly Everlasting is a host plant for several moths. It also attracts bees and butterflies.
Red Buds attract honeybees, bumblebees, mason bees, cuckoo bees, long-horned bees, mining bees, and sweat bees, as well as butterflies and caterpillars.
Also known as beach rose. This species was in the garden prior to the pollinator garden being put in and has the potential to be invasive. It does attract birds and butterflies
Malus sargentii ‘Tina’
Crab apples attract birds, including hummingbirds and butterflies.
This aromatic plant is host plant to several moths
Well known for maple syrup. The flowers of the maple provide an early food source for bees.
Milkweed is an exceptional plant for pollinators, attracting Hawk moths, Swallowtail butterflies, Fritillaries, Monarchs, skippers, bumble bees and numerous other nectar seekers – even an occasional hummingbird. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on plants in the Asclepias genus (milkweeds).
Wild Lupine is a host plant for the rare Karner Blue butterfly, the Frosted Elfin, and the Eastern Persius Duskywing butterflies.
A host plant for the Spring Azure, witch-hazel also serves as a larval host plant and a nesting site for several bird species and attracts birds, butterflies, bees, and mammals.
Woodland Phlox attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and acts as a host plant for the Gray Hairstreak Butterfly and the Hummingbird Clearwing.