One Monday, I suggested planting native plants for pollinators. But I always take them into account when planting my containers too (which are obviously planted with annuals and not native plants ).
This container has impatiens (surprisingly a hummingbird favorite ), fuchsia, coleus, a begonia. The last two are there more for color, to draw the hummingbirds, rather than to feed them. This container gets a couple of hours of late afternoon sun.
This is a plant I wouldn’t be without for my hummingbirds. In fact, if I am deadheading it, they often fly around agitatedly until I am finished . The color on this photo is not the best. It’s actually a deeper red flower. This is fuchsia ‘Garten meister bonstadt.’
So if you garden in shade, it’s quite possible to have pollinators. One Friday, I will show perennials for that.