Planting flowers is one of the easiest ways to attract pollinators to your garden. This list has lots of easy-to-grow flowers for much of the continental United States.
Cosmos are graceful annuals that come in a large variety of colors, like pink, red, fuchsia and white. They attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your garden.
Cornflowers (Bachelor Buttons) are expert pollinator attractors, having bright blue to indigo flowers, and are wildflowers that call for low maintenance. They are star-shaped and can be used in culinary creations, as they are not only edible, but also remarkably dazzling.
Sunflowers are beautiful and great for pollinators of various kinds, especially since there are so many different varieties of the flower. They provide food for bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and more, and are quite easy to grow in much of the continental U.S.
Marigolds are useful for many reasons. Not only do they attract pollinators for vegetable gardens, but they also keep harmful pests away like gophers, destructive beetles and slugs. These low-growing fluffy flowers are a definite must-have in any garden.
Coreopsis flowers are cheerful, dainty annuals that attract pollinators, thrive in much of the continental U.S., and are very easy to grow. Being wildflowers, they're very tolerant of different soil types and climates.
Lavender is a perennial with tiny purple to blue flowers. It's a very hardy plant and can survive in most climates in the United States. There are many varieties of the species, but all are aromatic and attract pollinators.
Pro tip: Aromatic plants generally tend to deter pests like gophers, so it's great to plant them around gardens and borders.
Gaillardia (Indian Blanket Flower) are members of the sunflower family and are wonderful for enticing pollinators to visit your garden. These flowers are perennials and come back year after year. They thrive in the summer and can tolerate hot weather well.
Daisies can be many different colors, shapes and heights, and are all very good at attracting pollinators. These flowers when cut make very pretty bouquets. Be sure when you browse through seeds for you. You may want short or tall, or varying colors depending on your garden scheme. These annuals are typically very easy to start and grow, and most varieties often bloom all summer long.
Yarrow is not only useful as a medicinal plant, but it is also very easy to grow in varying soil types and weather. This plant can also prevent soil erosion, so is great to plant on mounds and hills. Yarrow also attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.
Zinnias are drought-tolerant and great for pollinators. They are very low maintenance and easy to grow. They come in a wide variety of colors, and are also known to be beautiful in cut floral arrangements.
Another great way to draw pollinators to your garden is to plant flower seed mixes. These generally come in a wide array of colors and flower types, and attract pollinators of all sorts. To get some Wildflower Seeds from Bee Friend Project, follow this link!