Pollination gardens are created with bee friendly plants bees love. Native types of bees and non-bee pollinators such as birds, bats, butterflies, ants, flies, moths and beetles are attracted by the brightly colored, contrasting flowers that open seasonally filled with nectar and pollen for food sources. Bees are not typically attracted to solid red hued flowers. Native perennial plants flowering with yellow, blue, pink, orange, and purple attract the most types of bees.
Here are the 10 best native plants bees love for pollination:
Aster - late summer to early fall light purple flowering
Blackeyed Susan - mid summer to fall flowering - yellow flowers with black centers
Mondarda Blue Stocking - known as bee balm - summer bluish pink flowers
Solidago Golden Baby - known as goldenrod - golden yellow flowers late summer to fall
Moonbeam Coreopsis - known as tickseed - light yellow flowers late spring to early fall
Gaillardia Arizona Sun - known as blanketflower - yellow flowers with orange centers summer to early fall
Asclepias tuberosa - known as orange butterfly weed or milkweed - orange flowers late spring/early summer to late summer/early fall
Purple Echinacea - known as coneflower - pink to purple flowers throughout summer
Blue Wild Indigo - baptisia australis - blue lupine like flowers in spring
Salvia May Night - spikey purple flowers early/mid summer to early fall
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Choose native over hybrid plants for your pollination garden. Plants are hybridized for many different reasons and, as they progress, nectar and pollen are often limited to none in the newer varieties. Select plants that are not grown with the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. Due to TN Dept of Agriculture guidelines (and most other states), nurseries must drench container grown plants or include the dry chemical mixed into the soil before planting. These chemicals are not systemics - so they are not absorbed by the root system into the plants themselves. They are used for topical control in the soil.