Everything he said. I see so much tripe about honeybees when our own native pollinators are so much more effective and valuable to our local ecosystems.
I use strictly native plants in my garden. Some really good ones are foxglove beardtongues, clethra, and especially anise hyssop. My garden turns into a Roman food orgy once the hyssop blooms.
I have great success with the Echinacia aka Cone flowers! not only are they a Native species to North America, but they are very showy and sturdy plants! they bloom all summer long in my area, if I keep pinching the dead flowers of course!
You cannot go wrong with Echinacea (correct spelling) Pest free, drought resistant, and one of the showiest perennials of all.
When I began my nursery in 1978 there was no one growing them so I had the market all to myself. Echinaceas and a few other things I introduced those first years helped shape the business i have today.
If you have room for a large showy dual purpose native perennial think about Helianthus tuberosus - a type of sunflower,
They start blooming late summer/early fall and are perfect cut flowers with long stems when many plants are ready to go dormant.
I cultivate a wide variety of native plants from trees, palms, ferns, perennials annuals, grasses...
Why do I call them dual purpose? The large tuberous roots (harvested from late fall to spring - or summer if they spread too much for you) can be eaten raw or any way you use potatoes and they're delicious. They don't store for long in the fridge or in house conditions so harvest them as needed. They make enormous amounts of tubers each year. They are also better for people with diabetes than potatoes so it has behooved me to ingratiate myself to doctors while educating them about Helianthus tuberosus (common name Jerusalem artichoke or sunchokes) You can get them started from tubers from the produce section of most organic grocers. If they don't have them, ask for them. The only "potatoes" I've bought in years are chips or tater tots.
I'm in my 5th year of hybridizing these native annual flowers....
You can see why they deserve the botanical name Clitoria
. LOL. We call them pigeon wings instead of pussy flowers to be polite. In the wild they're puny weak climbing small vines. I'm working on that.