Tools to Support Life

With escalating impacts on pollinators and other species, this page is designed to make you as powerful as possible. Some of these tools are links to other sites; some are documents I've created that look at landscapes a little differently. The links are from organizations worthy of support who have provided resources that make it easier to help the other critters in our yards. 


Western North Carolina (WNC) Progression of Blooms

This document is not the be-all-end-all of plant lists, but rather a blend of species that will provide pollinators with something to eat throughout the season. Most are native species, but some are not--while everything helps pollinators, some of these are also beneficial to birds, and the spreadsheet indicates the species most impacted by the plant listed with it. Plants in bold are especially beneficial. 


Audubon's Plant for Birds list

[from the website:] Bring birds to your home today by growing native plants. With Audubon's Native Plant Database, you can find the best plants for the birds in your area. Growing bird-friendly plants will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment. Explore all of our native plant resources here.

Audubon has set up a printable list, specific to your zip code. 


Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Planting Guides

[from the website:] Our ecoregional planting guides, Selecting Plants for Pollinators, are tailored to specific areas of the United States. You can find out which ecoregion you live in and get your free guide by entering your zip code below.

These guides are so well done that I suggest you download the one appropriate to your area, email it to your local Kinko's or UPS Store and have them bind it for you.