Pollinator gardens provide food and shelter for all of our pollinators from bees to bats, moths, butterflies, birds, wasps, beetles and even the humble fly. There are many sources of plant lists although you may feel quickly overwhelmed.

This one, from Pollinators.org, is for Easter Broadleaf Forest, Oceanic is a very detailed reference. Some of the plants listed may be Zone 6 plants which may not survive a very cold winter.

Great links of Pollinator Gardening

New England Area: UNH Pollinator Education

Get Involved: Bee Lab at UNH

General Resources: Pollinator Partnership,

Enter your zip code for specific plant lists.

Bee Houses: Build your Own Bee Hotel and Xerces Society Bee Nest Fact Sheet

Seeds & Plants: Prairie Moon Nursery

Short List of Great Pollinator Plants for Zone 5/Seacoast NH:

  • Lupines perennis – Wild lupin
  • Asciepias tuberosa – Butterfly milkweed
  • Penstemon digitalis – Foxglove beardtounge
  • Achillea albida – Common yarrow
  • Echincaia Purpea – purple cone flower
  • native Veronicastrum virginicum – Culvers Root
  • Rudbeckia hirta- Black eyed susan
  • Mondara fistulosa – Wild beramont
  • basil, dill, oregano, and other herbs sunflower, cosmos, zinnia, poppy
  • Mexican sunflower