Selecting pollinator attractive plants for your garden

Trying to decide which plants to include in your garden?  The USDA-SCRI funded, "Protecting Bees" project has developed a pollinator plant selection tool that lets you search for flowering plant species according to zip code, bloom time, sun exposure, soil moisture levels, and relative attractiveness to different types of pollinators - including flies, which are the second most important group of pollinating insects, after bees!  Pollinator attractiveness rankings are generated from the scientific literature, but the SCRI team is conducting additional extensive field studies to assess more plant species and specific cultivars.  You can read more about the larger SCRI funded project on the Protecting Bees website.