Bee Gardens

Bee garden long imageIt’s no mystery that bees love flowers. Many flowers can be very attractive but not all of them provide the best sources of nectar and pollen. The shapes and colors also play a major role in attracting bees. 

Including some of these plants in your garden is a great way to get involved and do something that the bees will directly benefit from. We’ve outlined a few good tips to start attracting bees to your garden. Your flowers and fruits and veggies will be better than ever.

What Do Bees Like?

  • Bees prefer a diverse garden, try and select as many as 15-20 different plant species.
  • Plant in clumps to attract more pollinators. They will pollinate more efficiently this way. Where space is available, try to create a clump as wide as 3 or 4 feet.
  • Plant a variety of flower colors and shapes. Some favorite colors are blue, violet, white, and yellow. They prefer open flowers that provide a landing pad that brings them directly to the sourcBee Gardene of nectar.
  • Select plants that flower at different times of the season. Different species of bees will thrive throughout the season, so it’s important to have flowering plants that will be available to them all the time.
  • Before you go pulling out all of the weeds to prepare your garden, consider leaving the dandelions and forget-me-nots as they are an excellent source of food for the bees.
  • One of the most important things to remember when making a garden is staying away from pesticides. DO NOT use them, they are not safe for bees or the food you are growing.
  • Provide a bird bath or something similar for the bees. Just like us, they need water to survive. And when you’re working as hard as them, lots of water is necessary.
  • Include a few different types of wildflowers that are native to your region. This will certainly attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Bee Friendly Plant List

Annuals: Asters, Calliopsis, Clover, Dandelions, Marigolds, Poppies, Sunflowers, Zinnias

Perennials: Buttercups, Clematis, Cosmos, Crocuses, Dahlias, Echinacea, English Ivy, Foxglove, Geraniums, Germander, Globe Thistle, Hollyhocks, Hyacinth, Rock Cress, Roses, Sedum, Snowdrops, Squills, Tansy, Yellow Hyssop, Garden Plants, Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Gourds, Peppers, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Squash, Strawberries, Watermelons, Wild Garlic

Herbs: Bee Balm, Borage, Catnip, Coriander, Cilantro, Fennel, Lavender, Mints, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

Shrubs: Blueberry, Butterfly Bush, Button Bush, Honeysuckle, Indigo, Privet, Trees, Alder, American Holly, Basswood, Black Gum, Black Locust, Buckeyes, Catalpa, Eastern Redbud, Crabapples, Golden Rai, Tree, Hawthorns, Hazels, Linden, Magnolia, Maples, Mountain Ash, Sycamore, Tulip, Poplar, Willows

GardenPlants: Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Gourds, Peppers, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Squash, Strawberries, Watermelons, Wild Garlic

Trees: Alder, American Holly, Basswood, Black Gum, Black Locust, Buckeyes, Catalpa, Eastern Redbud, Crabapple, Golden Rain Tree, Hawthorns, Hazels, Linden, Magnolia, Maples, Mountain Ash, Sycamore, Tulip, Poplar, Willows

Wildflowers:(Summer/Fall) Trefoil, Clovers, Teasels, Comfrey, Burdock, Knapweed, Cornflower, Thistles, Vetches, Sainfoin, Red Bartsia, Cat’s ear,Field Scabious, Viper’s Bugloss, Angelica, Bramble, Bird’s Foot
(Spring/Summer) Dandelion, Selfheal, Cowslip, Bugle, Red Campion, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Comfrey, Poppy, Vetches, Foxglove, Angelica, Cat’s ear, Ground Ivy, Red Bartsia, Yellow Rattle, Betony, Dead-nettle, Woundwort