This a just a few of the flowers, shrubs, trees and crop plants that provide bees with nectar and pollen. I took the photos of the plants below from our garden (Cottonwood Community Garden in Vancouver - Plant hardiness zone 8) and we will add to the list as we observe our bees through the years to come. A good book, "Plants and Beekeeping" by F.N. Howes (1945) is an oldie but a goodie. Click on the link to view and if you wish download the book. For more information on "Bee Plants" go to the Planting for Pollinators section of our Beekeepers' Library. For a list of high yield honey bee plants click here. The Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett provides a Natural Organic Library here which I find helpful in my life long pursuit of organic plant growing knowledge. I find Leafsnap very useful for identifying tree species, many being great sources of pollen and nectar. A good resource for growing food is the Grow Biointensive website which offers a complete sustainable agricultural learning experience.