What can you do for pollinators? Eliminate your use of pesticides.
Because habitat loss is another stressor responsible for the decline of our pollinators,
plant for them.
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Please know that taking up the hobby of beekeeping (honey bees) is not a way to "save the bees" and that in fact, in urban settings, it may displace our native bees. Please read more here. Plant for bees and other native pollinators instead.

Plants for Pollinators: Guides and Lists


Plant native species, or plant species that you know are laden with pollen and nectar (some ornamental hybrids do not produce pollen or nectar).
Ideally, a continuous succession of blooms from early spring to late autumn will benefit our pollinating creatures.
Some lists below include non-native plants ... we encourage the use of native plants for your efforts to "help the bees" and other pollinators.
Ensure you are not planting invasive species! Learn more here.
Important  ~  as you seek bedding plants from nurseries, please read this message from Carol Dunk. 


Evergreen Ecozones --  in combination with --  Evergreen Native Plant Database

North American Native Plant Society Database


WWF and Carolinian Canada In the Zone Gardens

Tallgrass Prairie and Savanna Plants

Tallgrass Ontario A Landowner’s Guide to Tallgrass Prairie and Savanna Management in Ontario

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Guides with 14 dedicated to Canadian regions (so far) aussi disponible en francais

Roadsides by Carol Dunk

Nectar and Pollen Plants for Native Wild Pollinators by Susan Chan

Canadian Wildlife Federation Pollinator Plants Kits 

Pollination Guelph List of Links to Native Plants for Pollinators

Guelph's Riverside Park Pollinator Gardens Plant List

Ontario Wildflowers useful beyond Ontario

Lorraine Johnson 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens



Protect Your Pollinators

Status and Trends of Pollinator Health in Ontario

CANPOLIN: The Canadian Pollination Initiative 

Raising Awareness Among Canadians About Plant Pollinators

Pollinators and Your Winter Garden

Organic Pest Control for Cucumber and Potato Bugs, and Flea Beetles



Pollinator-Friendly Guides

Manage Insects on Your Farm

Enhancing Crop Yield Through Wild Pollinators

Cover Cropping for Pollinators

Xerces Society: Farming with Pollinators

Xerces Society: Farming for Bees

Pollination Canada

Canadian Wildlife Federation: Plant for Pollinators

North American Native Plant Society

Plight of the Bumblebee



Books and Identification Guides

Keeping the Bees by Laurence Packer

Books by Heather Holm

Xerces Society: Farming with Beneficial Insects

Xerces Society: Attracting Native Pollinators

Bumble Bees of North America

Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States

Bumble Bees of the Western United States

Bees of Toronto

How to Make a Pollinator Garden by Clement Kent $8 including shipping; click thumbnail and scroll down to page to open Publications tab


Landowner's Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators by Susan Chan $15 including shipping; click thumbnail and scroll down to page to open Publications tab